Becomes the 50th State
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Hawaii Statehood Bill on
March 18, 1959. Hawaii was proclaimed the 50th
state by President Eisenhower on August 21.
William F. Quinn was sworn in as the first
Governor on the same day. Senators Hiram Fong and
Oren Long and Representative Daniel K. Inouye
were sworn in by Congress on August 24.
resounded when the U.S. Senate passed the Hawaii
Statehood Bill, on March 11.
Waikiki Beach were undeterred by rain after
Hawaii's statehood bill was passed by the U.S.
House of Representatives, on March 12. Newspapers
had run off special statehood issues.
As returns poured in
during the June 27 statehood referendum and
primary elections, Republican Party workers in
Honolulu celebrated the early lead of James
Kealoha, eventual winner of the Lieutenant
Eisenhower unfurled the new 50-star flag on
August 21. It was to become official on July 4,
Minutes after Hawaii
was proclaimed a state, William F. Quinn was
sworn in as Governor by State Supreme Court
Justice Masaji Marumoto.
Hiram Long (left)
drew the full six-year term and Oren Long (right)
drew the four-year term after the two were
elected Hawaii's first U.S. Senators in August.
In the Year 1959
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
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