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Kansas State Seal
Great Seal of the State of Kansas
Adopted on May 25, 1861.
The Great seal of the state of Kansas was adopted on May 25, 1861.
The great seal of the state of Kansas, procured by the secretary of state, as required by the joint resolution approved May twenty-fifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one (which resolution was published as chapter seventy-eight [*], Laws of eighteen hundred sixty-one), shall be and remain the great seal of this state. Such seal is described in said joint resolution as follows:
"The east is represented by a rising sun, in the right-hand corner of the seal; to the left of it, commerce is represented by a river and a steamboat; in the foreground, agriculture is represented as the basis of the future prosperity of the state, by a settler’s cabin and a man plowing with a pair of horses; beyond this is a train of ox-wagons, going west; in the background is seen a herd of buffalo, retreating, pursued by two Indians, on horseback; around the top is the motto, 'Ad astra per aspera,' and beneath a cluster of thirty-four stars. The circle is surrounded by the words, "Great seal of the state of Kansas. January 29, 1861."
Kansas Great Seal
The design for the Great Seal of Kansas was submitted by John J. Ingalls, a state senator from Atchison. Ingalls also proposed the state motto, "Ad astra per aspera," is Latin for "To the stars through difficulties." .
The Great Seal of the State of Kansas was established by a joint resolution adopted by the Kansas Legislature May 25, 1861.
The state seal centered on the flag tells the history of Kansas and his figures representing pioneer life. The seal contains:
The seal is used on the Flag of the State of Kansas.
First Session of the Kansas Legislature in 1861
The First Session of the Kansas Legislature in 1861 provided for the creation of the Great Seal, described as follows:
Article One: Executive
Kansas Seal Law
Chapter 75: State Departments; Public Officers And Employees
In days when communications were transcribed by hand and tediously undertaken, seals served to authenticate official government documents. In this day of computers and instant communications, seals still serve the same purpose.