Fifty states have been admitted to the Union. . .but none weathered the rejection endured by Utah. Over forty years Utah made six formal bids to be admitted...and each was firmly rejected by Congress.
In the early 1930s, Utah was devastated by the effects of the Great Depression. Riots broke out at the Salt Lake City and County Building when banks attempted to foreclose on mortgages of debt-ridden families. But in 1932 voters turned to democrat Franklin Roosevelt's ''New Deal''. The world of politics in Utah was turned upside down by the pain of an economy gone bad.