A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

Ohio is inspirational.  Ohio was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on March 1, 1803.  Ohio is named after the Ohio River, which takes its name from a Iroquois word that means “great river”.  One of Ohio’s nicknames is The Buckeye State.  This relates to the Ohio buckeye tree and people from Ohio are often referred to as Buckeyes.


Ohio is a Midwestern state.  Ohio’s location links the Northeast to the Midwest.  Michigan borders Ohio to the northwest.  Lake Erie followed by Canada covers the rest of the northern border.  Pennsylvania borders Ohio to the east.  West Virginia is on the southeast and Kentucky is to the south.  The Ohio River runs along the state’s entire southern border.  Indiana borders Ohio to the west.  Due to Ohio’s location,  Lake Erie’s ports that led to the Atlantic Ocean,  the Ohio River leading to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River, and Ohio’s extensive highway system Ohio is a major transportation hub.


There is archeological evidence that nomadic people lived in Ohio for thousands of years BC.  The Adena culture was next and established villages.  The Hopewell people later joined the Adena.  Both cultures participated in mound-building.  Little is known about the people that came next.  The Beaver Wars, with New York’s Iroquois, and epidemics caused indigenous people to die out.  Algonquian people repopulated the area.  Multi-ethnic societies inhabited Ohio.


French set up trading posts in the 18th century.  After the French and Indian War, Great Britain gained control of the region.  Britain ceded control following the American Revolution.  Ohio then became part of the Northwest Territory.  Ohio then became a state.  The capital changed locations a couple of times before becoming the centrally-located city of Columbus.  Ohio supported the Union during the Civil War.


Another nickname of Ohio is Mother of Presidents because eight Presidents have called Ohio home.  Seven Presidents were born in Ohio: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren G. Harding.  President William Henry Harrison was born in Virginia, but lived in Ohio and is buried in Ohio.


Ohio has a humid continental climate in most of the state.  The extreme south’s Bluegrass region of Ohio is a humid subtropical climate.  Throughout the state summers are generally hot and humid.  Winters are considered cool to cold.  Tornados and lake effect snowstorms do occur.  Earthquakes have occurred, although most are not noticeable.  Precipitation occurs year-round.


Business growth, development, and climate is ranked favorably in Ohio.  Manufacturing, financial, and bioscience are large sectors of the economy.  Agriculture has a long, strong history in the state.  Ohioans are employed in large numbers by trade/transportation/utilities, healthcare, education, government, manufacturing, and professional and technical services.


Executive, legislative, and judicial braches make-up the state government.  A governor, lieutenant governor, and other elected officials make-up the executive branch.  The legislature is the Ohio General Assembly and has a Senate and House of Representatives.  The judicial branch has three levels.  Ohio has voted for the elected President since 1964, and in most elections since the Civil War.


Ohio has professional sports teams in baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.  Auto racing championships and golf tournaments are held in Ohio.  College sports attracts many fans.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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