Congress approved Texas’s petition to join the union on December 29, 1845. Texas joined the United States of America 171 years ago today.
On December 29, 1845—171 years ago today—the U.S. Congress voted to annex Texas, eight years after statehood was first proposed. In June 1845 the Texas Congress voted in favor of annexation and on July 4, 1845, a convention of elected delegates followed suit. A popular vote in October ratified the document, which the U.S. Congress accepted on December 29, 1845, making Texas the 28th state. Texas President Anson Jones handed over control of the new state government to Gov. James Pinckney Henderson on February 19, 1846.
- “Texas Moves Toward Statehood: Stories behind the mural,” at the Texas State Library
- I can find no notice of any planned ceremonies in Texas to honor statehood, today
- Next Flag Flying date: January 1, 2017, New Year’s Day
- Texas Statehood noted at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, 2014