Why is Ohio called the buckeye state?

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Why is Ohio called the buckeye state?

Some places in the world have nicknames. In the United States, the sobriquet Buckeye State is already been accepted as Ohio’s moniker. The origin of that name has a lot of versions. The State of Ohio was very abundant with Buckeye Trees that covered its plains and hills. A buckeye tree was considered to be state tree and it was in 1953 that Ohio adopted the buckeye as a state symbol.

Behind that explanation there is much deeper meaning why Ohio was named Buckeye. In 1840, William Henry Harrison, born in Ohio ran for the 9th President of the United States. His opponents find him not suited for presidency. They told him that he is better sitting down on a log cabin drinking cider instead of wine.
The comments were taken as a challenge by Harrison’s supporters. They highlighted it by taking the negative comment into a positive one. They made the log cabin candidate” as a promotional campaign. The log cabin was considered as the campaign emblem. The cabin is made of buckeye timbers with string of buckeyes decorating the walls. The log cabin was used to portray the life of Harrison as a humble farmer.

During the parades, the supporters of Harrison walked while holding buckeye canes. This campaign gimmick worked and made William Henry Harrison win as the higher officer in the land.

Because of that gimmick, the State of Ohio became connected with the word buckeye and was adopted until the later years.

Buckeye itself has its history. Early settlers call it buckeye because the nut looks like an eye. Historians said that high sheriff Col Ebenezer Sproat impressed the Indians so he was called as the Hetuch” which is the term for the eye of the buck deer. By then, Col. Sproat was called BigBuckeye and that name was carried on to the Ohioans and the state.

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