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5 Fun Facts About July 4 In Ohio History

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1. Birthplace of an American President

Ohio has the honor of being the birthplace of President Rutherford B. Hayes, who is known for promoting civil service reform and establishing the United States' first national park.

2. Site of the First Ambulance Corps

During the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, two Ohio doctors, Jonathan Letterman and Benjamin Rush Boudinot, founded the first ambulance corps to help tend to wounded soldiers on the battlefield.

3. Home of the First Professional Fire Department

In Cincinnati on July 1, 1853, the first professional fire department in the United States was established.

4. Home of the First Woman Sworn in as a Judge in the United States

Florence Ellinwood Allen was the first woman to be elected to a judicial position in Ohio and in the United States. In 1923, she was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court and later became the first woman to serve as a United States Circuit Judge.

5. The Wright Brothers' First Flight

Orville and Wilbur Wright, who were born and raised in Ohio, are known around the world for their invention of the airplane. Their first successful flight occurred on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
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