On November 2, 1889 North Dakota was admitted to the Union as the 39 State with a brand new slate of elected officials. On this date in 1889, Governor Miller, Secretary of State Flittie, Treasurer Booker, Auditor Bray, Insurance Commissioner Carey and Mr. Mitchell, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, all gathered in the executive office in Bismarck. The purpose of this meeting was not to plan the future of the new state of North Dakota. As one reporter put it, they were there to muster all the beauty they could command and stare a photographer square in the face. As the first group of state officials, they were to be immortalized by D. F. Barry the noted Bismarck photographer.
Dakota Datebook written by Jim Davis
The Bismarck Daily Tribune November 8, 1889