Interesting Ohio state facts
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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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    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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