Admitted to the union: February 6, 1788
Population: 6,497,967 (2008 estimate - 15th in U.S.)
State bird: Black-capped Chickadee, by act of the Legislature on March 21, 1941
Nicknames:Bay State, Old Bay State (less common: Old Colony State, Puritan State, Baked Bean State)
State flower: Mayflower - also known as Ground Laurel or Trailing Arbutus, the flower was designated as the state flower by the General Court on May 1, 1918 but has been on the endangered species list since 1925.
Historical notes: Possibly the most Patriotic state in the Union, Massachusetts' historical notes include
Admitted to the union: April 28, 1788
Population: 5,633,597 (2008 estimate - 19th in U.S.)
State bird: Baltimore Oriole
Nickname: The Old Line State
State flower: Black-eyed Susan - a wreath of these dasiy-like flowers is donned upon the winning horse in the annual running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico race course in Baltimore.
Historical notes: Maryland boasts a number of historical claims to fame, including
Admitted to the union: May 23, 1788|
Population: 4,479,800 (2008 estimate - 24th in U.S.)
State bird: Carolina Wren - unofficially the state bird until 1939, the Carolina Wren was not offically named the state bird until 1948 when the General Assembly made it offical; between 1939 and 1948 the official state bird was the Mockingbird.
Nickname:The Palmetto State
State flower: Yellow Jessamine - designated on February 1, 1924 because "it is it is indigenous to every nook and corner of the State; it is the first premonitor of coming Spring; its fragrance greets us first in the woodland and its delicate flower suggests the pureness of gold; its perpetual return out of the dead Winter suggests the lesson of constancy in, loyalty to and Patriotism in the service of the State".
Historical notes: One of the thirteen original colonies, South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union - December 20, 1860; the Civil War began on April 12, 1861 when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. The state was decimated during the War Between the States, culminated by Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's infamous "March to the Sea".
Admitted to the union: June 21, 1788
Population: 1,315,809 (2008 estimate - 41st in U.S.)
State bird: Purple Finch - Almost losing out to the New Hampshire hen because that bird was championed for the honor by the Honorable Representative Doris M. Spollett. The diminuitive wren, however, had the backing of the Audibon Society of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, and the State federation of Womens' Clubs.
Nickname:The Granite State - in recognition of the state's extensive granite formations and quarries
State flower: Purple Lilac - dseignated as the official state flower because it "is symbolic of that hardy character of the men and women of the Granite State", the lilac faced stiff competition from the apple blossom, purple aster, wood lily, Mayflower, goldenrod, wild pasture rose, evening primrose and buttercup.
Historical notes: arguably the true birthplace of the United States, New Hampshire was
Admitted to the union: June 25, 1788
Population: 7,769,089 (2008 estimate - 12th in U.S.)
State bird: Northern cardinal
Nickname: The Old Dominion (unofficial)
State flower: American dogwood
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Last updated Wednesday, May 20, 2009