Who was the last state to free the slaves?
Mississippi is the last state that freed the slaves in the United States. Mississippi actually did not ratify the law that freed the slaves.
Kentucky was the last state to free its slaves legally. The other two border states had already radified amendments prior to Kentucky and the rest were freed through the emancipation proclimation. Kentucky was the only state to have its slaves legally released from bondage due to the federal governments passage of the 13th amendment.
The Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in any of the Confederacy States of America. Any state in or allied with the Union were allowed to keep any slaves they had. Since Lincoln had no authority to free slaves in the rebelling states, Union armies did free slaves in those states they occupied.
Kansas was the 34th in Jan. 1861, as a free state (no slaves) which followed the statehood of the free state of Oregon in 1859, with Iowa, Wisconsin California and Minnesota having joined before that, thus upsetting the Missouri Compromise agreement of one free state, one slave state. (The last slave state to be admitted was Texas at Number 28). With Lincoln's election this undoubtedly accelerated the Slave States' decisions to secede from the Union…