Eight others including statesmen, a war correspondent and an Arctic explorer have lain in repose in Ohio since its capitol building opened in the 1850s, according to the Ohio History Connection, a statewide history organization.
Kane's death at age 36 sparked a huge public response in 1857, the year the building opened.
Materials from the Statehouse Education and Visitors Center say McGahan's writings were pivotal in the Russian invasion of Bulgaria to expel the Turks and he did a stint in the Russian Army during the conflict.
Others who lay in state were Lt. Gov. Merle Shoemaker, who had died in office, in 1985; former House Speaker Vernal Riffe, who died in 1997, two years after wrapping up a 20-year stint overseeing the chamber; and, in 2007, former congressman and long-time state senator Paul Gillmor.