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    State of Ohio
    Nickname The Buckeye State
    Capital Columbus
    Largest city Columbus
    Population 11.6M (Rank:7)

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    How did Ohio get its name?
    The state of Ohio was named after the river 'Ohio'. The Ohio river was named for the Iroquois word, “Ohi-yo” meaning “Continuously-spilling Creek”

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    How did Ohio get its nickname?
    Ohio is nicknamed the Buckeye State because of the Aesculus trees commonly found throughout the Ohio River Valley. The large seed nut of the tree is called 'buckeye' as it looks like the eye of a deer (buck) and hence the name

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    Ohio burgee
    Ohio's swallowtail flag is the only non-rectangular U.S. state flag. Ohio has adopted an official 17-step procedure for folding it partly because Ohio is the 17th state to join the union
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    First electric traffic light
    The first electric traffic light was developed in 1912 by Lester Wire. On 5 August 1914, the American Traffic Signal Company installed a traffic signal system on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    Birthplace of aviation
    Ohio native Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. Dayton, Ohio is the birthplace of aviation. Wright brothers (Wilbur and Orville Wright) made their plans and constructed their aircraft in their bicycle shop on Dayton's West Side.

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    The River That Caught Fire
    Cuyahoga River of Ohio was nicknamed “The River That Caught Fire” as the river has caught on fire at least 13 times. The river's pollution and burning covered extensively in the press and the coverage spurred the environmental movement which eventually led to the establishment of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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    Moses Cleaveland
    The city of Cleveland was founded by Connecticut-born Moses Cleaveland, who, in 1796, went to survey land claimed by the Connecticut Land Co. as part of the Western Reserve. Although the city was originally named “Cleaveland,” in the early 1930s the local newspaper, Cleveland Advertiser dropped the “a” in order to fit the name on its masthead, and the new spelling caught on.

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    Capital of Ohio
    Chillicothe was the first capital of Ohio. In 1810 the capital was moved to Zanesville. In 1812 it returned to Chillicothe. Four citizens from the town of Franklinton in central Ohio offered to donate ten acres on the east side of the Scioto River for state buildings and another ten acres for a state penitentiary. In 1816 the new city was named Columbus, and it became the capital of Ohio.

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    Marietta
    Founded in 1788, Marietta was the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory. It was named after Queen Marie Antoinette of France.

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    CLE
    Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is the busiest and largest airport in the state of Ohio.

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      Bellwether state
      In the last 50 years, US Presidential Elections are essentially fought in Ohio as it is the only state to vote for every winning presidential candidate in the last 50 years (the winner of Ohio state is the winner of the White House)

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      Mother of Modern Presidents
      Ohio is nicknamed the “Mother of Modern Presidents,” as the state was the birthplace of seven American presidents: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft and Warren G. Harding.

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      Professional baseball
      Founded in 1869, Cincinnati Red Stockings was the first professional baseball team.

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      Cleveland
      In 1920, Cleveland was the 5th largest city in the United States. Currently it is not in the list of 50 largest cities in the United States.

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      First co-educational institution
      Oberlin College, founded in 1833, was the first college to accept women students as well

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      First Presidential Library
      The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is located at President Hayes’ 25-acre wooded estate, called Spiegel Grove.

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      First electric traffic light
      Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio. He generated hundreds of inventions in his Menlo Park laboratory, including the phonograph and an electric-powered railway. He became famous for perfecting the incandescent light bulb using a carbon-coated bamboo filament and providing a system of distributing electricity on a mass scale

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      Birthplace of cash register
      Ohio native James Ritty invented the cash register in 1878. As a saloon owner, Ritty had a problem with his employees stealing his money. He got the idea of a machine that kept track of the money transactions while looking at machinery on a steamboat to Europe.

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      First American astronaut
      Ohio senator John Glenn became the oldest man to go into outer space. On February 20, 1962 he was the first American to orbit the earth. In October of 1998 at age 77 he returned to the space program and traveled back into space.

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      First police car
      The first-ever police car was used in Akron, Ohio, in 1899. It was an electric car that could travel about 30 miles on one charge and could reach speeds up to a whopping 18 mph. It cost $2,400.

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      When was Ohio admitted into the union?
      The Ohio state convention agreed to petition for admittance into the Union on November 29, 1802. Congress approved this action on February 19, 1803, but did not complete the steps to grant statehood. The 8th Congress (1803–1805) missed a critical part of the statehood process: congressional ratification of the state constitution. One hundred and fifty years later, in the 83rd Congress (1953–1955), Representative George H. Bender of Ohio introduced the legislation on January 13, 1953, to retroactively grant statehood. Calling the mistake a legislative oversight, Bender stated, “The State constitutional convention presented the Constitution of Ohio to Congress on February 19, 1803, and Congress chose to ignore the whole business.” Without congressional approval of the state constitution, Ohio technically remained part of the Northwest Territory. On May 19, 1953, the House voted to approve legislation retroactively ratifying the state constitution and admitting Ohio to the Union as of March 1, 1803. On August 07, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a law ending the dispute about the actual calendar day Ohio was admitted into the Union.

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      Medium Market Basket
      The Longaberger basket company headquarters in Newark, Ohio, is world-renowned for its distinct shape. The massive “Medium Market Basket” stands 7 stories tall and covers about 180,000 square feet, with handles that weigh more than 150 tons.

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      State flower
      Ohio native William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States, liked to keep a red carnation in his lapel. Minutes before he was shot in 1901, he gave one away to a little girl. To honor the assassinated president, Ohio voted to make McKinley’s iconic scarlet carnation the official state flower.

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      Speeding ticket
      The first speeding ticket for an automobile driver was given by a policeman in Dayton, Ohio, in 1904, to Harry Myers for going 12 miles per hour on West Third Street.

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      Nickname The Buckeye State List
      Capital Columbus List
      Largest city Columbus List
      Largest metro Cleveland Metro (rank: 32) List
      Motto With God, all things are possible List
      Abbreviation OH List
      Population 11.6 million (rank: 7) List
      Population density 282 per mile2 (rank: 10) List
      Life expectancy 77.8 (rank: 38) List
      Median age 39.3 years (rank: 36) List
      Area 44,825 mile2 (rank: 34) List
      Median household income $53,301 (rank: 31) List
      Statehood March 1, 1803 (17th state) List
      Mean elevation 850 ft (259 m) List
      Highest point Campbell Hill 1,549 ft (472 m) List
      Governor John Kasich (R)
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