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5 Fun Facts About February 6 In Utah History

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1. Utah's First Governor Was Born
On February 6, 1811, John W. Dawson was born in Pennsylvania. He would grow up to become the first governor of Utah Territory, serving from 1852 to 1853.

2. The Utah Territory Was Established
On February 6, 1850, President Millard Fillmore signed the Organic Act, which established the Utah Territory. This act designated the boundaries of the territory, set up a government, and authorized the territorial governor to appoint judges, justices of the peace, and other officers.

3. The First Woman in Utah to Receive a Law Degree was Born
On February 6, 1897, the first woman in Utah to receive a law degree, Elnora Ashcroft, was born in Ogden. She was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1920 and was the first female lawyer to practice in Weber County.

4. Utah Joined the Union
On February 6, 1896, Utah was admitted to the Union as the 45th state. This followed years of struggle as the territory sought to overcome its reputation as a haven for polygamy and other social ills.

5. Groundbreaking for the Kennecott Utah Copper Mine
On February 6, 1985, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the expansion of the Kennecott Utah Copper mine. This expansion, which ultimately cost over $1 billion, helped to modernize the mine and increase its output of copper and other metals.
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