On October 31, 1864, Congress admitted Nevada as
the 36th state in the Union. With President Lincoln coming up for
re-election and looking for support for his proposed 13th Amendment
to the Constitution, Nevadans had moved
quickly to meet the legal requirements for
statehood, ultimately sending the entire text of the proposed state
constitution to Washington by telegraph, creating in the longest -
and most expensive - telegram on record to that date.