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Idaho Territory Temporary Government

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This example of a handwritten bill was reported by Galusha Grow of Pennsylvania, Chairman of the Committee on Territories, and later, Speaker of the House. H.R. 707 was introduced on May 10, 1860, and proposed a temporary government for the lands that would eventually become Idaho Territory in 1863. This bill, however, did not pass. William Wallace was appointed the first territorial governor of Idaho, after having served as a Delegate from the Washington Territory (Idaho had been a part of the Territory of Washington). He was later elected Idaho's Delegate to Congress and served from 1864 until 1865. Idaho became a state in 1890, 30 years after this bill was written.

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