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Alliance-Birthplace of Ohio's State Flower - The Scarlet Carnation

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, November 16, 2014
1. Alliance-Birthplace of Ohio's State Flower - The Scarlet Carnation Marker
Inscription. In 1866, Alliance physician, amateur horticulturalist, and politician Dr. Levi Lamborn propagated the scarlet carnation from French seedlings in greenhouses at this site. Opposing William McKinley for the 18th Congressional District in 1876, Lamborn presented the future president with a carnation boutonniere before each debate. McKinley, successful in those debates, continued to use the carnation as a good-luck charm, wearing the carnation in his lapel as president. On September 14, 1901, moments after removing the flower from his lapel and giving it to a young admirer at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, President McKinley was killed by an assassin's bullet. The Ohio General Assembly passed a joint resolution naming the scarlet carnation the state flower on February 3, 1904, as it "represented a token of love and reverence for the Ohio president." On April 1, 1959, the Ohio Legislature proclaimed Alliance "The Carnation City."
 
Erected 2004 by Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 20-76.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 55.312′ N, 81° 6.41′ 
Alliance-Birthplace of Ohio's State Flower - The Scarlet Carnation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 16, 2014
2. Alliance-Birthplace of Ohio's State Flower - The Scarlet Carnation Marker
W. Marker is in Alliance, Ohio, in Stark County. Marker is on West Main Street 0.1 miles west of South Union Avenue (Ohio Route 183), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alliance OH 44601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mabel Hartzell (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Deceased of Co. F. 115th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Sultana Tragedy (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lexington Quaker Cemetery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Marlborough Quaker Burying Grounds & Meeting House (approx. 5.5 miles away); Deer Creek Quaker Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); Atwater Coal Company Mine Disaster (approx. 7.1 miles away); Friends Burying Grounds (approx. 8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alliance.
 
Also see . . .
1. Greater Alliance Carnation Festival. (Submitted on November 16, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ohio State Flower-Facts about the Scarlet Carnation. The Flower Expert (Submitted on November 18, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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