On Nov. 16, 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the statehood proclamation giving birth to the State of Oklahoma and declared “Oklahoma is now a state.”
Presidential Proclamation 780 admitted Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory collectively as the 46th state into the United States of America. Previously, representatives of the two territories drafted a constitution that was approved by voters in both territories on Sept. 17, 1907, which paved the way to statehood.
The White House telegraph rooms were directly connected with both Guthrie and Oklahoma City, and the news was flashed immediately to the new state.
Happy 115th Birthday, Oklahoma!
– Brenda Jones Barwick, APR, Jones PR