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State in the Midwestern United States.

  • Ohio is the 34th most extensive, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States.
  • Its capital is Columbus.
  • The name "Ohio" originated from Iroquois word ohi-yo’, meaning "great river".
  • John Boehner is the U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th congressional district, serving since 1991.
  • The state is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants.
  • Seven United States presidents were born in the state.
  • The first full time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.
  • In 1852 Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women.
  • Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900. Harry M. Stevens created the popular dining dog.
  • Ohio became the 17th state on March 1, 1803.
  • Ohio's state flag is a pennant design. It is the only state flag of that design in the United States.
  • Chillicothe was Ohio's first capital city.
  • Ohio is known as the Buckeye State.
  • Chewing gum was patented by W.F. Semple of Mount Vernon Ohio in 1869.
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