SALT LAKE CITY — Happy birthday, Utah!
123 years ago, the territory formerly known as “Deseret” became “Utah” after President Grover Cleveland signed a proclamation making us the 45th state in the nation. The presidential proclamation signed on Jan. 4, 1896 required the state to give up the practice of polygamy as a condition of statehood.
There were other hurdles, too: Women had the right to vote in Utah well before the rest of the nation. Slavery was also a hot topic.
Utah state archives from the time said that upon news of statehood, people erupted in “pandemonium” and filled the streets.
Read the proclamation here: