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Who suggested the state motto, "Ad Astra per Aspera"?

John J. Ingalls, a state senator from Atchison, proposed the motto, which is Latin for "To the Stars Through Difficulties." He also helped design the state seal in 1861. Ingalls went on to become a U.S. senator and gained nationwide acclaim in the 1860s as an orator, according to information from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas Historical Society.


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