Hoosier Dusty Files - March 31, 1812 - Congress Recommends Indiana Wait Until Population Reaches 35,000
|A Year of Indiana History - 2016|
The Northwest Ordinance provided that when a territory reached a population of 60,000 it was eligible to petition for statehood. By 1811, the Indiana territory had reached 24,000. In December 1811, the Territorial assembly petitioned Congress for statehood, requesting that the population requirement be lowered. On March 31, 1812, Congress, after studying the matter, recommended that the territory wait until the population reached 35,000. Statehood would have to wait.
A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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