The last person to file a claim under the United States 1862 Homestead Act filed it in this state:
Alaska. Kenneth Deardorff, a Vietnam veteran and California native, claimed 80 acres on the Stony River in 1974, fulfilled all the requirements in 1979, but did not receive his patent until May 1988.
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