Facts and Figures
Ohio took its name from the
Iroquois Indian word meaning something great.
The Iroquis used the word for the Ohio River, which forms
the state's southeastern and southern borders.
Ulysses S. Grant, Warren G. Harding, Benjamin Harrison,
Rutherford B. Hayes, William McKinley, William Howard
Symbols of Ohio
The Ohio Burgee was officially
adopted in 1902, and is the only official state flag so
shaped. The large blue triangle represents Ohio's hills
and valleys, and the stripes represent roads and
waterways. The 13 stars grouped about the circle
represent the original states of the union; the 4 stars
added to the peak of the triangle symbolize that Ohio was
the 17th state admitted to the union. The white circle
with its red center not only represents the "O"
in Ohio, but also suggests Ohio's famous nickname,
"The Buckeye State."
Dates in Ohio
c.1670 Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, reached
the Ohio region; 1787 Northwest Territory
established; 1788 First permanent white
settlement established at Marietta.
The Battle of
fought on August 20, 1794, is considered to have been one
of the most significant battles ever fought on American
soil. Had the U.S. lost the battle much of what we now
know as Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan could very well be
part of Canada instead of the United States.
was one of the founders of the Ohio Company of
Associates, which established the first permanent
American settlement in Ohio at what is now Marietta on
April 17, 1788.