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Ohio’s Journey to Statehood: A Look Back at January 24th in Ohio’s History

January 24th holds an important place in Ohio’s history as it marks the day when the state officially became a part of the United States. On this day in 1803, Ohio was admitted as the 17th state in the Union.

Ohio was first explored by French fur traders in the late 1700s and was later claimed by the British as part of the Quebec Act of 1774. However, after the American Revolutionary War, the area was ceded to the United States and became known as the Northwest Territory.

In 1802, the Ohio General Assembly passed a resolution asking Congress to admit Ohio as a state. The request was granted and on January 24, 1803, Ohio was officially admitted into the Union.

Ohio played a significant role in the nation’s history, particularly during the Civil War. Ohio was a major center of industry and transportation and provided many soldiers, supplies, and leaders for the Union army.

Ohio also played an important role in the development of aviation. Dayton, Ohio was home to the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who are credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane.

In addition, Ohio has a rich cultural heritage and is home to many famous people, including seven U.S. presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren G. Harding.

Overall, January 24th holds a special significance in Ohio’s history as it marks the state’s official entry into the Union and Ohio’s contributions to the nation’s history.


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