This Is How Your State Was Founded

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26. Montana
> Founding date: November 8, 1889 (41st state to join)
> First capital city: Helena
> First governor: Joseph Kemp Toole

Montana became a U.S. territory after the discovery of gold in the area. Railroads were constructed in the state during the 1880s, linking it with the rest of the country. It was admitted as a state in 1889.

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27. Nebraska
> Founding date: March 1, 1867 (37th state to join)
> First capital city: Omaha
> First governor: David Butler

The first state to join the Union after the Civil War, Nebraska became the 37th state in 1867. Nebraska was supposed to gain statehood over a decade earlier, but partisan fighting over slavery delayed its admission.

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28. Nevada
> Founding date: October 31, 1864 (36th state to join)
> First capital city: Carson City
> First governor: Henry Goode Blasdel

Nevada joined the U.S. as the 36th state in 1864, though at that time many of those states were in open revolt as the Civil War raged. Even though Nevada was sparsely populated at the time, it was strongly Republican and pro-Union, so President Abraham Lincoln passed over other territories and made Nevada a state to bolster his political support.

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29. New Hampshire
> Founding date: June 21, 1788 (9th state to join)
> First capital city: Exeter
> First governor: John Langdon

New Hampshire was one of the original 13 colonies to ratify the Constitution, but its vote may have been the most important. New Hampshire cast the decisive ninth vote, meaning the Constitution was now supported by a two-thirds majority of colonies and the idea of the United States was now a reality.

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30. New Jersey
> Founding date: December 18, 1787 (3rd state to join)
> First capital city: Trenton
> First governor: William Livingston

After ratifying the Constitution in late 1787, New Jersey became the third state, just behind Delaware and Pennsylvania. New Jersey’s representatives agreed to join the U.S. with a unanimous 38-0 vote.