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Nevada and Lincoln
Transcript of Nevada and Lincoln
Nevada became a state: October 31, 1864!
President Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation of Nevada Statehood, 1864
"Now therefore, be it known, that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, in accordance with the duty imposed on me by the Act of Congress aforesaid, do hereby declare and proclaim that the said State of Nevada is admitted to the Union..."
President Lincoln was concerned about the upcoming election. On August 22, 1864 he spoke to the 166th Ohio Regiment. He spoke about how they were going home for leave and mentioned the importance of the "great struggle". Lincoln voiced his concerns the next day again in Blind memorandum.
"It is not merely for to-day, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children's children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives...I happen to temporarily to occupy this big White House." A. Lincoln
Nevada had been a part of the Utah territory but requested to be an independent territory in 1861. 1863 was Nevada's first constitutional convention, but it was voted down by the citizens in 1864. The second convention met and the voters approved the state constitutition in January 1864.
An Act to Organize the Territory of Nevada.
Carson City, Nevada
President Abraham Lincoln & Governor James W. Nye
Governor Nye was the first territorial governor of Nevada. Nye was one of Nevada's first US Senators.
Governor James Nye
President Abraham Lincoln
1. Wanted the votes for the 1864 election
2. Another state to support the 13th Amendment
This act was passed in 1861.
Speech to 166th Ohio Regiment
"This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected."
August 23, 1864
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