The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Pointless trivia: Dan Weintraub mentioned in passing that Schwartzenegger was to be sworn in as California's 38th governor. Interesting that while California has been a state for sixty fewer years than the US has been electing presidents, there have been 38 California governors to America's 43 presidents.

California is viewed as new, trendy, forward-looking, cutting-edge. Yet California was the 31st state to be admitted to the Union, contemporary with many states that seem staid and long-standing by comparison. California followed Iowa by four years and Wisconsin by two. Minnesota achieved statehood in 1858, eight years after California, while Kansas was made a state in 1861. Nebraska was only admitted after the Civil War, in 1867.



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