Happy 170th birthday, Wisconsin!

Today, Wisconsin can add another candle to its really big proverbial birthday cake.

On May 29, 1848, the state of Wisconsin officially became one of the states of the United States of America, making Wisconsin 170 years old.

12 years after the founding of the Wisconsin Territory in 1836, and 65 years after the ceding of Wisconsin from Great Britain to the United States, Congress approved the act of admission for the State of Wisconsin to join the union.

The Library of Congress says this was the third time that Wisconsin tried for admission as a state. Votes had been attempted in August of 1846 and March of 1847.

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