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Capital Jefferson City
Nickname The Show Me State
Official Language None
Governor Mike Parson, R
Senator Josh Hawley, R
(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 Mike Parson.

The state Constitution of Missouri, like all of the other 50 states, acknowledges God or our Creator or the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe. It says:

We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, do establish this Constitution for the better government of the state.


Missouri is a swing state in presidential elections (the metropolitan areas of St. Louis and Kansas City are solidly Democrat while the rest of the state is solidly Republican). 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.

Elected Officials

As of 2019.




The term "Missouri" comes from an Algonquin word roughly translating to "river of the big canoes".[1]

St. Louis hosted the World's Fair in 1904, where the ice cream cone was invented[2] as well as the Olympic Games that year (before they were as popular as today).

The mule is the state animal.

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

Notable Missourians

See also