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The Ohio State Motto
The Ohio motto was adopted in 1959 and is:

"With God, all things are possible"

The Meaning of the Ohio State Motto
This motto replaced the temporary Latin motto of "Imperium In Imperio" meaning 'An empire within an empire.' A contest was held to find a new motto and a 12 year old lad, Jimmy Mastronardo, submitted the winning phrase. The roots of the expression can be found in the Bible Matthew 19:26 in which Jesus said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."  

"With God, all things are possible"


The Ohio State Nickname
The Ohio Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular Ohio nickname which, combined with the motto, are highly descriptive of the people, the geography and the history of the state. The names used as nicknames are:

Ohio State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Buckeye State
Mother of Modern Presidents
The Yankee State

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The Origin and Meaning of the Ohio Nicknames
The American citizens who live in, or who come from Ohio, are referred to as Ohioans or Buckeyes. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

The Buckeye State
The official nickname alludes to the Ohio Buckeye trees (Aesculus globra) that have erect clusters of white or red flowers and prickly fruits. The name 'Buckeye' refers to the resemblance of the nut of the tree to the eye of a deer, or buck.

The Mother of Modern Presidents
The Mother of Modern Presidents refers to the seven United States Presidents were born in Ohio. The names of the seven Presidents are Ulysses Simpson Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield , Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Taft and Warren Harding.

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The Yankee State
The Yankee nickname relates to the American settlement in the Ohio territory following the American Revolutionary War (17751783). The population increased rapidly, chiefly by migrants from New England. The term 'Yankee' was used to describe people with New England cultural ties such as descendants from colonial New England settlers.


The Constitution of Ohio
The constitution of Ohio establishes the basic rights of its citizens and echoes the words and sentiments of the motto. The preamble (opening) of the constitution is as follows:

"We, the people of the State of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare, do establish this Constitution."

Preamble of the Constitution of Ohio


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