Hawaii Statehood

President Eisenhower stated his support for the idea of statehood for Hawaii early in his administration but appropriate legislation failed to make it through Congress until the Hawaii Admission Act of 1959. President Eisenhower signed the bill into law on March 18, 1959. In June of 1959 the citizens of Hawaii voted on a referendum to accept the statehood bill and on August 21, 1959, President Eisenhower signed the official proclamation admitting Hawaii as the 50th state.
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Roger Jones (Bureau of the Budget) to Bernard Shanley Regarding Islands to Be Included in State of Hawaii, April 27, 1953 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 632, of-147-E-1 Hawaiian 1; NAID Number 16606985]

Letter, Mrs. Joseph Farrington to the President Regarding Statehood for Hawaii, August 8, 1954 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 632, of-147-E-1 Hawaiian 1; NAID Number 16610953]

Memo, Mrs. Joseph Farrington to the President Regarding Hawaii Statehood Bill, August 8, 1954 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 632, of-147-E-1 Hawaiian 1; NAID Number 16610954]

Letter, Samuel P. King to Leonard Hall, Republican National Committee Regarding Upcoming General Election, September 20, 1954 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 631, of-147-E 2; NAID Number 16610955]

Letter, the President to Hon. Samuel P. King, October 25, 1954 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 631, of-147-E 2; NAID Number 16610956]

Statement on Hawaii Statehood by Secretary of the Interior Fred A. Seaton, April 2, 1957 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 632, of-147-E-1, Hawaiian 1; NAID Number 16607081]

President Eisenhower's Statements Regarding Statehood for Alaska and Hawaii, September 1958 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 630, of-147-D-1 Alaskan 1; NAID Number 12012412]

Memo, Secretary of the Interior Fred A. Seaton to the President Regarding Celebration of Hawaii Statehood, February 4, 1959 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 632, of-147-E-1 Hawaiian 2; NAID Number 16610957]

Cablegram, the President to Gov. William Quinn Regarding Celebration Plans, February 6, 1959 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 632, of-147-E-1 Hawaiian 2; NAID Number 16610960]

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 11, February 20, 1959 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 632, of-147-E-1 Hawaiian 2; NAID Number 16610961]

Press Release, the President's Statement on Signing of S50, March 18, 1959 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 631, of-147-E 10; NAID Number 16610958]

Press Release Regarding the Effects of Statehood, March 18, 1959 (PDF)
[DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 631, of-147-E 10; NAID Number 16610959]

Bulletin 59-7, Effects of Hawaii Statehood, April 8, 1959 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 631, of-147-E 10; NAID Number 16610966]

Letter, Gov. William Quinn to the President Regarding Propositions Submitted to Electors, July 2, 1959 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 631, of-147-E 11; NAID Number 16610967]

Press Release Regarding Presidential Proclamation Number 3309, Admission of the State of Hawaii Into the Union, August 21, 1959 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 631, of-147-E 12; NAID Number 16610964]

Remarks of the President on Signing Proclamation Number 3309, August 21, 1959 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 631, of-147-E 12; NAID Number 16610965]

List of Witnesses to Signing of Proclamation Number 3309 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 631, of-147-E 12; NAID Number 16610963]

Letter, the President to Gov. William Quinn Re Addition of Hawaii to the Union, August 24, 1959 (PDF) [DDE's Records as President, Official File, Box 631, of-147-E 12; NAID Number 16610962]