By Victor Fischer

In 1956, delegates accrued on the college of Alaska in Fairbanks to write down a structure for what turned the forty-ninth nation of the union. They produced a record that many have stated used to be extra fantastically acceptable to its time and position than the other country constitution.Victor Fischer, one of many delegates, describes this old occasion. have fun the constitution's 50th anniversary and know about the writing of this significant rfile.

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House of Representatives approved a statehood bill for Alaska, but it died in the Senate. In the next Congress, action shifted to the Senate. An Alaska statehood bill was reported by the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee in 1951. However, it was killed on a recommittal motion by a one-vote margin, forty-five to forty-four. Twenty-four Democrats and twenty Republicans favored statehood, and twenty-four Democrats and twenty Republicans were against it, with the opposition consisting primarily of southern Democrats and conservative Republicans.

Eisenhower became President, he took a position in favor of Hawaii but opposed Alaska, even though only three years earlier he had spoken out for admission of both territories. In Congress, hearings on statehood legislation had been held since 1947, and support for it gradually began to build. S. House of Representatives approved a statehood bill for Alaska, but it died in the Senate. In the next Congress, action shifted to the Senate. An Alaska statehood bill was reported by the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee in 1951.

The 1955 Alaska legislature, however, decided on a different approach. From the beginning, legislators fixed the number of constitutional convention delegates at fifty-five the same number that drafted the United States Constitution. There was also agreement that seven of these delegates should be elected at large from the whole territory. This was to overcome sectionalism prevailing among the four regions of the territory and, to a lesser extent, encourage more prominent people to offer themselves as candidates.

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