Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Great Seal of Idaho

There is no official record of when the first Great Seal of Idaho was adopted when Idaho was declared a territory in 1863.  This is that first seal, the design credited to Silas D. Cochran, a clerk in the office of the Secretary of State.

There was dissatisfaction with this official seal and Territorial Governor Caleb Lyon presented a seal of his own design which was accepted by the Idaho Territorial Legislature on January 11, 1866.  This Seal (below) was redrawn a number of times but was used until Idaho became a state in 1890.

In March, 1891, the basis for the current Great Seal of the State of Idaho was adopted and is a story in itself as it was the only State Seal that was designed by a woman.  Check back here for more on the story to be continued on March 5 and March 14.

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