Creating Alaska
Governor Ernest Gruening of Alaska testifies before the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee in 1950. Seated from left to right are: Sen. Hugh Butler (Neb), Sen. Clinton Anderson (NM), Sen. Glen Taylor (ID) and Sen. Zales Ecton (Montana).

The inhabitants of the proposed new State of Alaska are imbued with and sympathetic towards the principles of democracy as exemplified in the American form of government. A majority of the electorate wish statehood. The proposed new State of Alaska has sufficient population and resources to support State government and at the same time carry its share of the cost of the Federal Government. Alaska is ready and qualified for statehood now.

-Report of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee of the US Congress following a fact-finding mission to Alaska. The report, filed as part of the Alaska Statehood Act, was made public on June 25, 1957.