Population per the 2012 census- 12,763,536
Pennsylvania was admitted as the 2nd state on December 12th 1787. Her motto is “Virtue Liberty and Independence”.
Known as the ‘Keystone State’. A keystone is a central wedge in an arch that locks all other pieces of an arch in place. It is the part of an arch that all other parts depend upon.
Pennsylvania’s other well known nicknames are the (Quaker, Oil, Coal and Steel) State
In the 2012 Presidential election PA was a ‘Blue’ state. We need to work together to register more Republicans.
As of November 2012 there were a total of 8,508, 015 registered voters. Republican number reported were 3,131,133 and Democrats were 4,266,317 while in category Other there were 1,110,654.
One of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn as a haven for his fellow Quakers. Pennsylvania’s capital, Philadelphia, was the site of the first and second Continental Congresses in 1774 and 1775, the latter of which produced the Declaration of Independence, sparking the American Revolution.
In 1776 the Liberty bell rang from Independence Hall for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
After the war, Pennsylvania became the second state, after Delaware, to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In the American Civil War (1861-1865), Pennsylvania was the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, in which Union General George Meade defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee, bringing an end to the Confederacy's Northern invasion and it was where Lincoln's made his famous Gettysburg Address.