Montana Followed Meandering Path Toward Statehood (Part 2 OF 2)

Series: This is Montana | Story 7

Last updated 11/15/2023 at 8:48pm

Rick and Susie Graetz

View from Boot Hill, Virginia City

Arriving in Washington, D.C., Judge Sidney Edgerton consulted with President Lincoln and found him agreeable to the idea of a new territory in the Rockies. More important, Edgerton discovered that his friend and fellow Ohioan, Congressman James M. Ashley, had already begun work on a bill to form the new territory. Ashley, who chaired the House Committee on Territories, had the power to make his...

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