On This Day in History, 1803: Ohio Joins the Union

By DJ Byrnes on March 1, 2014 at 2:41p

The best flag in the Union.


On February 19th, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson signed an act of Congress approving Ohio's admittance into the Union as its 17th state and its constitution. It wasn't until 1853, however, when Ohio Congressman George H. Bender noticed that the act had never officially been passed by Congress. 

Bender's solution was to pass a special a bill to Congress officially inducting Ohio into the union retroactively on March 1st, 1803, the first day Ohio's General Assembly convened (in the state's original capital, Chillicothe).

On August 7th, 1953, President Eisenhower signed a congressional joint resolution officially declaring March 1st, 1803 as the date of Ohio joining the Union.

Today, March 1st, 2014, marks Ohio's 211th birthday. So, happy birthday, Ohio; you are undoubtedly the best state in the Union and the gem of western civilization.


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JTownBuckeye's picture

Happy birthday Ohio! I am proud to say my ancestors came to the Ohio territory in 1801 and my family has been here since. 

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Kid Gloves's picture

I love the falls in Ohio

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CALPOPPY's picture

I really like Ohio's flag. I even bought the 11W shirt with the S&G flag on it. Boss!

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Brother of Dat Nguyen


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Crumb's picture

Ohio forever!!!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

ColdBuckeye's picture

Simon Kenton was the man! Tecumseh too. O-H! 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Happy Birthday Ohio!  Kicking Arse and takin names since 1803!!

Go Bucks!!


buckeyedude's picture

That's the coolest, most awesome state flag in the history of flags!



dancinhomer321's picture

It is the only American state flag that is non-rectangular, and one of only two non-rectangular official jurisdictional flags, at the state level or above, in the world (the other is the flag of Nepal). Loosely based upon the design of cavalryflags of the Civil War and Spanish-American War, this type of flag is known as a burgee.

Buckeye 4 Life!

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CALPOPPY's picture

Knowledge! +1

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.