Monday is Presidents’ Day, officially a day to honor our first president, George Washington, and the “rail splitter,” Abraham Lincoln, of Civil War fame.
Birthdays come only once a year on the day of birth. Presidents’ Day comes once a year, but not necessarily on the birth dates of Washington and Lincoln.
This day comes, thanks to Congress, on the third Monday of February. Until 1968 there were two separate President’s Days. That year, the 90th Congress was determined to create a three-day holiday weekend.
Not bad for federal employees or those working at numerous other unique institutions.
Approval came in spite of objections that the third Monday of February did no fall on the actual birthdays of the honorees. Nevertheless it became effective in 1971.
George Washington, a native Virginian, was born Feb. 22, 1732 according to one calendar and Feb. 11 by another calendar. Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809 in a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky.
George Washington, known for his military acumen and as a land surveyor, was this country’s first president.
He was unanimously elected presiding officer at the May 1787 Constructional Convention and elected president in 1789. He took the oath of office on April 30, 1789 on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York.
Valley Forge, crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas to surprise and defeat the British and Mount Vernon are important times in his life.
Despite his beginnings, Abe Lincoln rose from dirt floors of a cabin to the hallowed halls of the White House and the Capitol.
The lanky, raw-boned Lincoln began his political career in 1834 as a member of the Whig Party.
He became the nation’s 16th president in March 1861.
Learn more about these and other presidents. It’s interesting and intriguing.