Top Facts about Ohio

Ohio is known as the Buckeye State, in honour of the Ohio buckeye trees that grow there.

Ohio was the seventeenth state to join the United States of America when President Thomas Jefferson signed an act of Congress approving it on February 19, 1803.

Prior to becoming a state, Ohio was a part of what was known as the Northwest Territory.

The Northwest Territory was eventually divided into Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, as well as part of Minnesota. In 1835 Ohio waged a war against the territory of Michigan over a piece of land called the Toledo Strip. The war, known as the Toledo War, resulted in only one injury and Michigan’s admission as a state.

Today, Ohio is known as the Mother of Presidents, a nickname it shares with Virginia.

Seven presidents were born in Ohio, and an eighth, William Henry Harrison, lived in Ohio for most of his life.

In addition to producing presidents, Ohio has a history of creating aviators.

Orville and Wilbur Wright, the inventors of the aeroplane, were born in Ohio, as well as astronaut John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.