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Statehood backers celebrate


Photograph with verso caption: Alaska Statehood backers jubilant - Members of the U. S. Congress who led the fight to make Alaska the 49th state of the Union join with Alaska's Govenor and Congressmen elect in celebrating the final passage of the statehood bill in the Senate. Shown with a 49-star flag, one of several hundred designs already submitted for adoption, are, left to right, front row: Senator Warren Magnuson of Washington; Ernest Gruening, former Governor of Alaska and Senator-elect from the new state; Senator Frank Church of Idaho; Senator Thomas Kuchel of California; Governor Mike Stepovich (dark suit); Senator Harry M. Jackson of Washington, Senate floor manager of the bill, and Representative-elect Ralph Rivers. At left rear is Representative Leo O'Brian of New York, House floor manager of the statehood bill.

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