On February 19, 1803, . President signed an act of Congress that approved Ohio's boundaries and constitution. However, Congress had never passed a resolution formally admitting Ohio as the 17th state. The current custom of Congress declaring an official date of statehood did not begin until 1812, with 's admission as the 18th state. Although no formal resolution of admission was required, when the oversight was discovered in 1953, Ohio congressman introduced a bill in Congress to admit Ohio to the Union retroactive to March 1, 1803, the date on which the first convened. At a special session at the old state capital in , the Ohio state legislature approved a new petition for statehood that was delivered to Washington, . on horseback. On August 7, 1953 (the year of Ohio's 150th anniversary), signed a congressional that officially declared March 1, 1803, the date of Ohio's admittance into the Union.