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Alaska Tennessee Plan, Proposition 2 (April 1956)

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The Alaska Tennessee Plan Proposition, also known as Proposition 2 or Ordinance No. 2, was on the April 24, 1956 ballot in Alaska as a constitutional convention referral, where it was approved. The measure sought to immediately elect and send two senators and one representative to Washington DC regardless of federal statehood approval.[1]


On October 9, 1956, Alaskan's elected two US senators, Earnest Gruening and William A. Egan, and one representative, Ralph J. Rivers. The three men went to Washington and helped to lobby for Alaska's statehood.[2]

Election results

Alaska Proposition 2 (April 1956)
Approveda Yes 15,011 61.10%

Election results via: Indiana University - Bloomington

Text of the proposal

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall Ordinance Number Two (Alaska-Tennessee Plan) of the Alaska Constitutional Convention, calling for the immediate election of two United States Senators and one United States Representative, be adopted?

Yes [ ] No [ ][3]

Path to the ballot

George Lehleitner, a New Orleans businessman who fought for Alaskan statehood, devised the proposals, stating that Tennessee and six other territories employed the strategy of electing and sending senators and representatives to Washington DC to lobby for statehood.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

The question was officially agreed to by the Alaska Constitutional Convention.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Alaska Constitution, "Ordinance No. 2 - Alaska-Tennessee Plan," accessed January 7, 2015
  2. Claus M. Naske, "Alaska: A History of the 49th State"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.