Every State of the Union is entitled to display two statues in the United States Capitol. The State of Alaska commissioned statues of E.L. "Bob" Bartlett and Ernest Gruening. These two Alaskans strived mightily for the realization of statehood and served as the first Senators from the new state. Recognized in various forms throughout Alaska, these pioneers are regarded as two of the greatest driving forces behind Alaska's attainment of self-government.
Information on the "Alaska-Tennessee Plan" under which Alaskans elected a congressional delegation prior to the granting of statehood.
"The Tennessee Plan - Admission of the Bold" by George H. Lehleitner. A letter sent to each member of the Alaska Constitutional Convention arguing in favor of Alaska adopting the Tennessee Plan.
"Alaska's Heralded Constitution - The Forty-Ninth State Sets An Example" by John Hellenthal - republished with permission from the American Bar Association Journal