Ohio: "The Buckeye State", nicknamed after the many buckeye trees that once covered its hills and dales. The buckeye tree seed looks like a buck eye.
Go back to the feverish presidential campaign of 1840 perspective.
William Henry Harrison, a Virginia-born Ohioan, ran for President. His opponents slurred that living in a log cabin, drinking hard cider did not prepare one for the presidency. Harrison's supporters, decided to turn into a negative into a positive reference. They created a campaign emblem a log cabin made of buckeye timbers, with a long string of buckeyes decorating its walls. Furthermore, in parades, his backers walked with buckeye canes and rolled whisky barrels.
The campaign gimmicks were successful. "Old Tippecanoe," as Harrison was often called, beat President Martin Van Buren in the latter's bid for re-election, and thereafter the buckeye was closely associated with the state of Ohio.
The name itself is of native origin. Because the markings on the nut resembled the eye of a buck, the Indians called it "hetuck" or "buckeye."
Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul ☑
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