The state of Ohio has had an official seal for more than 150 years. Over that time period, the Ohio government has made several modifications to the seal. The current state seal was adopted by the state legislature in 1967, and most recently modified in 1996.
The seal illustrates Ohio’s diverse geography. In the background stands Mount Logan, in Ross County. Separating Mount Logan from the rest of the seal is the Scioto River. In the freshly harvested wheat field stands a wheat bushel, illustrating Ohio’s important contributions to agriculture. Next to the wheat bushel stands 17 arrows, representing Ohio’s place as the 17th state in the Union. The sun has 13 rays protruding outward, representing the original 13 colonies.
Early versions of the seal included a canal boat, but the modern-day version removed this item. The idea for the Ohio seal originated during the early 1800s. It was thought to be based on the eastern view from Thomas Worthington’s home, Adena, located near modern-day Chillicothe. Worthington was Ohio’s first United States senator and also served as the sixth governor of the state. Today, Adena is a museum.