Our work to date has not been the product of a single party. It has been the product of a bipartisan majority. This demonstrates again that America can close ranks in the truly great issues. This is not a Republican victory; it is not a Democratic victory; it is not simply a victory for Alaskans. It is a victory for all Americans and for the democratic process.
-Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson of Washington on the passage of the Alaska Statehood Act by the US Senate. Senator Jackson (third from the right, front row, in the picture above), was an ardent supporter of Alaska statehood.
We love our great United States of America, and our hearts belong to our great Territory of Alaska, and we will never have a true peace of mind until we are taken in full membership as one of the great states of the Union.
-Bill Egan, Constitutional Convention President after the signing of the Alaska Constitution
I want to say...that your work is being watched by not only the Congress of the United States, but by our 165 millions of people. Despite the objections that have come from some people to statehood, I think the overwhelming proportion of the American people expect, and I think ultimately they will demand that both Alaska and Hawaii become states of the American union. Anything I can do in my individual capacity or in my capacity as a minority leader of the Senate of the United States to expedite that day... I will be prepared to do. I think of no pledge we might take as American citizens better than the pledge of Thomas Jefferson, the great architect of the Declaration of Independence, who said, "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility on every form of tyranny over the minds of man."
-Senator William K. Knowland of California to the Delegates of the Alaska Constitutional Convention