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- About the same time America was entering the space age, a nine-year-old Cincinnati boy, Jimmy Mastronardo, traveled to his State capitol at Columbus, registered as a lobbyist, and campaigned over the next three years for a new State motto. The boy's dream became political reality. It was enacted by both houses of the Ohio legislature, and in July 1959 was signed into law by then Governor Michael Vincent DiSalle.
Previously, in 1866, a Republican General Assembly adopted the motto Imperium in Imperio (Latin: "An Empire Within an Empire" or "Sovereignty Within Sovereignty"); only a year later, a Democratic Assembly repealed it. Until the current motto was adopted in 1959, Ohio remained without a state motto.
The motto stirred controversy for allegedly violating establishment clause, resulting in a challenge by the Ohio ACLU, however, the motto survived the challenge.
- Matthew 19:26
- Struble, Robert Jr. (2007). "Insurrection of Suede –– Plan A". Treatise on Twelve Lights.
- McDonald, Forrest (November 2002). States' Rights and the Union: Imperium in Imperio, 1776–1876. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas. ISBN 978-0-7006-1227-7.
- "Great Seal of Ohio". Ohio History (Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Historical Society) 10: 392–393. April 1902. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- Fritsch, Jane (2000-04-30). "Holy Cow! Ohio Has A Motto Problem". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- 1876 lithograph depicting, among others, the 1866 Ohio seal, bearing Imperium in Imperio (third column from left, third seal from top)
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