November 18, 1868

Columbus, Ohio


WHEREAS, the General Assembly of the State did, at its last session, direct the cutting of a new seal to be used as the Great Seal of the State; and such a seal having been prepared, with the devices fixed and determined by law:


Therefore, I do hereby publicly declare and make known that such new seal will, from and after this date, be used in the authentication of all official documents issued from the Executive Department, directly or through the office of the Secretary of State; and that the following is the description thereof, to wit:


A round seal, two and one-half inches in diameter, having upon the margin, the words “The Great Seal of the State of Ohio,” within a shield, in form a circle.  On it, in the foreground on the right, a sheaf of wheat; on the left, a bundle of seventeen arrows, both standing erect; in the background, and rising above the sheaf and arrows, a mountain range, over which appear a rising sun.


In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and the Great Seal of the State, this eighteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight, and of the Independence of the United Sates of America the ninety-third.


R. B. Hayes,