Hoeven Statement in Honor of 124th Anniversary of North Dakota's Statehood

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement in honor of the 124th anniversary, tomorrow, Nov. 2, of North Dakota’s statehood:

“As North Dakota celebrates her 124th birthday, it is fitting that we should pause to celebrate the rich history of our state and people. Our ancestors, who left Europe looking for opportunity, found it in North Dakota. They could not have imagined the dynamic, bustling state we are today. That’s true because North Dakota, since our founding, has been blessed with a population of hardworking people whose pioneering spirit and deeply rooted values drove our success and today remain woven in our communities and our culture. One hundred and twenty-four years after the founding of statehood, we have much to be grateful for as we commemorate our past, celebrate our present and look forward to a future of growing opportunity in our great state.” 

President Benjamin Harrison approved statehood for North and South Dakota on Nov. 2 1889, thereby distinguishing the Dakota Territory as two individual states and making North and South Dakota, respectively, the country’s 39th and 40th states.