Centerburg is so named because it is the geographical center of Ohio.
Ohio’s lowest point, 455 ft, is higher than any point in both Florida and Delaware.
East Liverpool was the beginning point of the United States Public Land Survey. The location was the area from which a rectangular-grid land survey system was established under the Ordinance of 1785. The survey provided for administration and subdivision of land in the Old Northwest Territory. The Ordinance stipulated that all public lands were to be divided into townships six miles square.
Lowest record temperature: −39 °F (−39 °C), at Milligan on February 10, 1899.
Highest: 113 °F (45 °C), near Gallipolis on July 21, 1934.
Manufacturing and Financial services are the major industries by GDP, but trade, utilities, and transportation employee more people.
Akron is the world’s leading rubber-producing city.
Firestone and Goodyear are located there.
Half of the residents of the United States live within 500 miles of Columbus, Ohio.
The Toledo Strip was won in the Toledo war. In exchange Michigan got the upper peninsula.
Ohio only had one seat in The United States House of Representatives until 1813. After the it’s first national census in 1810 it gained five more seats for a total of 6.
8 presidents are from Ohio: William Henry Harrison, Grant, Hayes,
Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, Taft, McKinley, and Harding
½ of the presidents to die in Office were from Ohio (½ of the presidents from Ohio have died in Office) :
William Harrison – Died of pneumonia
James Garfield – Assassinated
William McKinley – Assassinated
Warren G. Harding – Stroke
Of the nine Presidents on Us Currency 2 are from Ohio: Grant ($50)
and McKinley ($500)
Of the 12 Presidents that were generals during their lifetime, 5 were from Ohio: William Harrison, U.S. Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield and Benjamin Harrison.
Only 8 presidents have lost in Ohio and gone on to the White House.
Warren G. Harding was the first President to give a speech over the radio.
William Howard Taft is the only president to serve on the Supreme Court.
Only 2 presidents never gave a State of The Union address. W.H. Harrison and James Garfield. Both die before they needed to.
The 2016 Republican Convention is the 3rd time it has been held in the state of Ohio. The first one was in 1876, the second one in 1936.
The only Democratic convention to be held in Ohio was in 1880.
The only Democrat to be nominated for office from Ohio was James M. Cox. He lost to an Ohioan.
Every Republican from Ohio nominated for president has won the office.
William Henry Harrison was the first major party candidate from Ohio. He lost the 1836 election to Martin Van Buren. He defeated him in 1840.
The cat was not named after the President. It was named after the comics creator’s grandfather, James A Garfield Davis. He was however named after the President from Ohio.
The Electric Starter Engine was invented In Dayton by Charles Kettering
The pop top soda can was invented by Ermal Fraze in Dayton Ohio
The folding step-ladder was invented by John H. Balsley (in Dayton)
The Huffy Bike corp. started as The Davis Sewing Machine Company in Dayton
James J. Ritty, of Dayton, invented the cash register in 1879 to stop
his patrons from pilfering house profits.
Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher
America’s first hot dog came from Ohio, in the early 1900s.
Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938.
The first gas mask was invented in Ohio
Ohio native, W.F. Semple patented chewing gum in 1869.
Clarence Crane in Cleveland invented Life Savers in 1912.
James Spangler, of Canton, invented the Electric Vacuum Cleaner and started the Hoover Vacuum Cleaning Company
Hoover, and its parent company, the largest floor care company in the world, are headquartered in Glenwillow.
A slang term for vacuuming in Britain is “hoover”, named after the Ohio companies product.
Yahtzee was first marketed by National Association Service of Toledo, Ohio.
First matchbooks were produced by Diamond Match Company at the Barberton, Ohio factory in 1896
The first Motion Picture projector was invented by Dayton, Ohio native Charles Francis Jenkins
Haven and Hettrich of Cincinnati patented the first Yo Yo in America.
The first commercially successful winery in America was Nicholas Longworth’s in Cincinnati.
NCR of Dayton used microencapsulation to create the first carbon-less copy paper.
DP&L was made the first scratch and sniff to tell customers what a gas leak smells like.
Procter and Gamble was created in 1837 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Many major restaurant chains have started in Ohio including Max and Ermas, Wendy’s, BW3’s, Bob Evans, Arby’s, Perkins, and Skyline.
Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team.
Akron was the first city to use police cars.
Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department.
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.
In Cleveland, Ohio the first traffic light was erected August 5th, 1914.
The first car accident occurred in Ohio City, Ohio
The first concrete street in America was built in Bellefontaine,
Ohio and is still in use.
Clay target pigeon invented by George Ligowsky of Cincinnati, Ohio
First trapshoot was in Cincinnati in 1831
First Soap box derby held in Dayton, Ohio
World Championships of Soap Box Derby still held in Akron
East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light
Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lit electrically in 1879
John Mercer Langston is believed to have been the first African American elected to public office. He was elected clerk of Brownhelm in 1854
The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton, Ohio in 1904
The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865.
Oberlin College, founded in 1833, was the first college in the United States to admit women.
The term “Rock and Roll” was coined in Cleveland, Ohio by Al Freed
Marietta, Ohio is the first settlement of the Northwest Territories.
Thomas Selfridge was the first person to die in a plane crash. He was passenger aboard a Wright Model A built in Dayton Ohio.
Signal Corps No. 1, a Wright Military Flyer modified from the fatal crash of A Wright Model A, was the first heavy than air vehicle bought by the US military.
First Plane crash survived by use of parachute was Lieutenant Harold R. Harris. On October 20, 1922, flying a Loening monoplane, he bailed out 2,000 feet over North Dayton.
The modern parachute was tested and improved at Dayton’s McCook aeronautical research and development center. (later called Wright Patterson Air Force Base)
First Mormon Temple built in Kirkland, Ohio.
Samuel Ramsey of Jacobsburg purchased the first Hybrid Corn shipment.
Indianola Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio, opened on September 7, 1909. It was the first junior high school.
1850: First company in the U.S. to publish greeting cards – Gibson Greeting Card Company.
1793: Cincinnati was the first Ohio city to publish a newspaper.
The first automobile insurance was purchased in Dayton. In 1897, resident Gilbert J. Loomis purchased a liability insurance policy from the Travelers Insurance Company.
The first doctor to use an automobile was Dr. Carlos C. Booth from Youngstown in 1897.
On October 19, 1874, the first aerial wedding took place over Cincinnati.
The Vermont, the car Horatio Nelson Jackson took the first drove across the nation in, was a Winton Motor Car.
Daytonian Walter Richard Brookins, in 1910, made the first night flight.
Walter Richard Brookins in 1910 flew to 6,175 feet, making him the first to fly over 1 mile high.
On February 20, 1962 John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth.
Ohio senator John Glenn is the oldest man to venture into outer space.
In October of 1998 at age 77 John Gleen returned to the space program
and traveled back into space.
Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
He was from Wapakoneta.
Wapakoneta planned a museum for the feat even before he landed.
Only 2 zoo’s outside of Florida have manatees, Columbus and Cincinnati.
Union Terminal, home of the Cincinnati Museum Center, is the basis for the DC Comic’s Hall of Justice.
Cedar Point is the second oldest continually running amusement park.
Both Pro Football (Canton) and Major League Baseball (Cincinnati) started in Ohio.
Dayton Triangles won what some consider the first NFL game.
The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” proclaimed it the only bridge in the world which you can cross and still be on the same side of the river.
Scripps of the National Spelling Bee fame is headquartered in Cincinnati.
OCLC from Dublin is in charge of the Dewey Decimal System
Cleveland’s American Greetings created Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, and Madballs.
Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame went to Antioch College in Yellow Springs.
Rod Serling’s first paid writing job was for WLW in Cincinnati.
Rod Serling taught at Antioch College during a break from writing the Twilight Zone.
Mr. Lesile Irvin made the first succesful Army free-fall parachute jump n April 28th at McCook Field in Dayton.
Charles Kettering and Thomas Midgley Jr. created both Leaded Gasoline and Freon Refrigeration systems.
There have been 63 people who have served as governors of the state of Ohio
The longest serving governor of Ohio was Jim Rhodes who served nearly 16 years total
The shortest time a governor has served is 11 days. John William Brown and Nancy Hollister, both held office in the period between the former governor leaving to become a senator and the newly elected governor taking office.