Ohio was the 17th U.S. state to join the Union,
doing so on 19 February 1803, when the U.S. Congress accepted the notice from
the territory's constitutional convention. Due to changes in practice over time,
there is a common misperception that Ohio was not properly admitted to the Union
until 150 years later.
The history of Ohio, however, began much earlier,
with the arrival of Native Americans in the region.
Area: 44,828 square
miles (Ohio is the 34th largest state in the USA)
Canton/Massillon, Cincinnati/Middletown (Greater Cincinnati),
Cleveland/Elyria/Mentor (Greater Cleveland), Columbus, Dayton, Lima, Mansfield,
Sandusky, Springfield, Toledo (Greater Toledo), & Youngstown/Warren/Boardman
Name Origin: Ohio
derives from the Iroquois Indian word meaning "good river" or "large river."
Allegheny Plateau, Glaciated Allegheny Plateau, Glacial till plains, Lake Erie,
Lake Erie Islands, Black Swamp, Miami Valley, Western Reserve, & Northwest Ohio.
Statehood: As Ohio's
population numbered 45,000 in December 1801, Congress determined that the
population was growing rapidly and Ohio could begin the path to statehood with
the assumption that it would exceed 60,000 residents by the time it would become
a state. In 1802, Congress passed the Enabling Act of 1802 that outlined the
process for Ohio to seek statehood. The residents convened a constitutional
convention and submitted a constitution to Congress. In 1953 it was decided to
make March 1, 1803 the official date of Ohio's admittance into the Union.
State Bird: Cardinal
State Beverage: Tomato
state flag of Ohio, called the Ohio burgee, was adopted in 1902. John Eisemann
designed this flag; it was based upon the pennant used by the Ohio cavalry
between 1862 and 1865. This is the only American state flag that is not a
rectangle. The 13 stars near the circle represent the original 13 states in the
USA; the 4 extra stars near the peak of the triangle symbolize the fact that
Ohio was the 17th state admitted to the union. The blue triangle represents
Ohio's hill country. The white "O" may stand for Ohio (but it isn't certain).
State Flower: Scarlet
State Insect: Ladybug
State Nickname: The
State Motto: "With God,
All Things Are Possible"
State Song: Beautiful
State Tree: Buckeye
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