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IHB > About Indiana - History and Trivia > Anniversaries > Indiana Statehood Day - December 11 (1816) > Article in the Cincinnati Western Spy, January 17, 1817 Article in the Cincinnati Western Spy, January 17, 1817

The following article announcing the achievement of statehood of Indiana appeared in the Cincinnati newspaper, "The Western Spy" on January 17, 1817:

Western Spy Article

14th Congress- 2nd Session.
Resolution for admitting the State of
Indiana into the Union.

Whereas, in pursuance of an act of Congress, passed on the 19th day of April, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, entitled, "An act to enable the people of the Indiana territory to form a constitution and state government, and for the admission of that state into the Union," the people of the said territory did on the 29th day of June in the present year, by a convention called for that purpose, form for themselves a constitution and state government, which constitution and state government, so formed, is republican, and in conformity with the principles of the articles of compact between the original states and the people and states in the territory northwest of the river Ohio, passed on the 13th day of July, 1787.

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled, That the state of Indiana shall be one, and is hereby declared one, of the United States of America, and admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original states, in all respects whatever.

H. Clay

Speaker of the House of Representatives

John Gaillard

Speaker of the Senate pro tempore

December 11, 1816--Approved,

James Madison