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Alaska Tennessee Plan, Proposition 2 (April 1956)

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The Alaska Tennessee Plan, also known as Ordinance No. 2 was a constitutional convention referral on the April 24, 1956 ballot in Alaska, where it was approved.

  • The proposition sought to immediately elect and send two senators and one representative to Washington D.C. regardless of federal statehood approval.[1]


On October 9, 1956, Alaskan's elected two U.S. 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]

Text of the proposal

The language that appeared on the ballot:[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 D.C. 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"
  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.

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