Kansas is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita, with its most populated county being Johnson County. Kansas, like other states, recognizes a number of symbols that represent its customs, cultures, and environment. Kansas State symbols including the buffalo, cottonwood tree, honeybee, Western meadowlark, salamander, sunflower, and box turtle, little bluestem, and Harney loam silt are officially designated as state symbols. Those Symbols become official through the legislative process. In 1861 the Kansas Legislature adopted the state seal. The design for the Great Seal of Kansas was submitted by John James Ingalls, a state senator from Atchison. Kansas is the nation’s second largest producer of beef cattle, behind only Texas. Kansas was the first state to ratify the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which gave African-American men the right to vote. In 1803, the United States purchased Kansas from France in the Louisiana Purchase.