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  • December 28, 1846 - Iowa is the 29th state admitted to the Union becoming the first free state in the old Louisiana Territory.
    Area - 56,276 sq. miles        Capital - Des Moines
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    Motto - Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain    Nickname - Hawkeye State
- United States acquires Iowa in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
- Iowa became a part of the Michigan Territory with the (Black Hawk purchase?) Louisiana Purchase.
- In 1836 Iowa becomes a part of the Wisconsin Territory.
- The 1838 Congress creates the Iowa Territory.
- The 1844 Legislative Assembly provided for a vote on a constitutional convention. The voters approved and the convention held in Iowa City to draft a constitution.
- Iowa becomes the 29th state of the Union in 1846. 
- The State of Iowa elects Ansel Briggs to be the first Governor on October 26, 1846.
- The results of three census are released in 1850 of 1 territorial and 3 state censuses that were taken within 5 years. The 1844 census shows 75,152 people, the count in 1846 has 102,388, The 1847 census increased the tally to 116,454, and in the 1849 census there were 154,573 people
- The new State Constitution is adopted in 1857.            
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- The capital is moved to Des Moines, in 1857, from Iowa City.
- Samuel Freeman Miller, of Keokuk, in 1862, becomes the only Iowan to date to serve on the U. S. Supreme Court.
- James Harlan of Mount Pleasant resigns as Senator in 1865, having been first elected in 1855, to become appointed by President Lincoln to be Secretary of the Interior.  He is the first from Iowa to serve on a President's cabinet. He also served briefly under President Andrew Johnson.
- Congressman James Baird Weaver of Bloomfield becomes the 2nd Iowan to be twice nominated for president of the United States in 1880.  He has served as a Civil War general, a congressman, an historian, a lawyer, and a leading temperance orator. Weaver was nominated by the National Greenback Party for President.
- Henry Agard Wallace's Uncle Henry is appointed to the Rural Life Commission by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1888. 
- Senator William B. Allison dies in 1908 at Dubuque. He holds the record for length of service by an Iowan in Congress.
- Governor Harding issued a proclamation in 1918, nicknamed the "Babel Proclamation" that forbade the use of any language but English in public gatherings. In his speeches, the governor consistently referred to the "American" language. 
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- May Francis in 1922 becomes the first woman elected to a statewide office in Iowa.
- Herbert Hoover is the first native born Iowan to be elected in 1928 as President of the United States. He was born in West Branch where his birthplace is preserved as a museum by the National Park Service. Hoover and his wife are buried at the site of his Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch which is operated by the National Archives. 
- Carolyn Pendray is the first woman to have been elected to both houses of the Iowa state legislature. She was elected to the House in 1928 and the Senate in 1932
- Henry Agard Wallace, in 1941 becomes the first Iowan to become Vice President of the United States.
- Henry Agard Wallace did not win his bid against the 1948 re-election of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He joined James Baird Weaver who ran for president as a candidate of a 3rd party. It was this election that broke Weaver's record for 3rd party popular and electoral votes. The record was broken by two elections, that of Wallace and the Progressive Party and  J. Strom Thurmond in South Carolina with the Dixiecrat Party. 
- The 1976 Iowa caucuses cause substantial changes in the selection of presidential candidates.
- Justice Neuman, in 1986, is the first woman to serve on the Iowa Supreme Court.
- Jo Ann Zimmerman, in 1986, becomes the first woman to hold office as Iowa's Lieutenant Governor.
- In 1990 Attorney General Campbell becomes the first woman in Iowa to hold that office.
- When in 1995 it was discovered that the law adopting Iowa's flag was never officially enrolled, due to a clerical oversight, the legislature passed legislation to remedy the oversight.
- Terry Edward Branstad completing his forth term as Governor of Iowa in 1999 holds the record for serving the most years as governor.  He served 16 years breaking his predecessor's (Robert Ray) former record of 14 years.

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