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Capital Jefferson City
Nickname The Show Me State
Official Language None
Governor Jay Nixon, D
Senator Claire McCaskill, D
(202) 224-6154
Senator Roy Blunt, R
(202) 224-5721
Ratification of Constitution/or statehood August 10, 1821 (24th)
Flag of Missouri Motto: Salus populi suprema lex esto (The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)

Missouri is a Midwestern state that was admitted to the Union as a slave state on August 10, 1821. Its nickname is the "Show Me State". Its capital is Jefferson City and its largest cities are, respectively, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield. Missouri borders Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. The current Governor is Jay Nixon



Missouri is a swing state in presidential elections. It had consistently supported the winning candidates since 1960 until 2008 when it favored John McCain, who lost to Barack Hussein Obama. Before Obama, the last losing candidate to win Missouri was Adlai Stevenson in 1956.

Gun Laws

Under Missouri law it's illegial to transfer a gun to a person under the age of 18 without without the consent of the child's custodial parent or guardian [1]. However, under federal law, the minimum age to possess a handgun is 18. The minimum age to get a concealed carry permit is 23.[2]

Elected Officials




The term "Missouri" comes from an Algonquin word roughly translating to "river of the big canoes". [3]

St. Louis hosted the World's Fair in 1904, where the ice cream cone was invented. [4]

The mule is the state animal.

The term "iron curtain" referring to the line separating Communist countries from non-Communist contries in Europe was first used by Winston Churchill at a speech in Fulton.

Notable Missourians


  1. Missouri Gun Statutes
  2. MissouriCarry.com
  3. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/missouri/
  4. http://www.50states.com/facts/mo.htm

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