On November 8th, 1955, fifty-five delegates got together to create a constitution for Alaska. However, Alaska wasn’t a state at this time. Business people, lawyers, miners, professionals, homemakers, and fishermen joined this group of delegates. University of Alaska’s student body president Ken Carson said, “now is the proper time for Alaska to become a state and for us to govern ourselves. Today we are students, but tomorrow we hope to be citizens of the state of Alaska and with this thought in mind we sincerely welcome you, you who will build a solid foundation upon which a state government must stand.” All but one of the delegates was in favor of Alaska becoming a state. The delegates spent over 3 months crafting a 14,400 word document that became Alaska’s constitution. The constitution included a lowered voting age (19 instead of 21), delayed action of Native land claims, strong governor, and declared that resources were to be managed and developed for the benefit of everyone. It was signed with over 1,000 witnesses on February 5th, 1956.