Ohio's first constitution was approved by Congress, and then signed by President Thomas Jefferson on Feb. 19, 1803. By then, the January elections had been held, with the mild-mannered doctor and legislator Edward Tiffin - Thomas Worthington's brother-in-law - elected governor. Official "state" business was conducted for the first time on March 1, 1803, when Tiffin and members of the first Ohio General Assembly convened in Chillicothe.
In commemoration of Ohio's founding, the Ohio History Connection and its partners present the annual Statehood Day event. Statehood Day is a celebration of Ohio and its history, as well as a legislative advocacy event.
- TourismOhio Director Mary Cusick
- State Sen. Frank LaRose, recipient of the 2015 Ohio History Leadership Award