From Ohio History Central
The Ohio Constitutional Convention of 1802 drafted Ohio's first state constitution.
On April 30, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed into law the Enabling Act of 1802. This act called for the admittance of Ohio as a state within the United States as soon as possible.
The convention approved the Constitution on November 29, 1802, and adjourned. Thomas Worthington personally carried the document to Washington, DC. He arrived on December 19, and formally presented the Constitution to Congress on December 22. The Constitution became law on February 19, 1803, when Congress passed an act stating that the citizens of Ohio had adopted a constitution in accordance with the 1802 Enabling Act and the said state had become one of the United States of America. Ohio's Constitution of 1803 remained in effect until the Ohio Constitutional Convention of 1851 adopted a new one.
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