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George Washington and the Origin of Presidents Day
By Ryan Dube

Few young folks today recognize that "Presidents Day" was actually a holiday created to specially recognize George Washington, on his birthday. The holiday was originally created in 1885 by a bill signed by President Chester Arthur, which declared that February 22nd, Washington's Birthday, would be a federal holiday.

However, like most things to do with Washington, things were not so simple. Washington's Birthday was actually on February 11th, but that was according to the Julian calendar. However, Britain eventually shifted to the Gregorian calendar, which moved everything ahead 11 days. Eventually, Abraham Lincoln was elected president and proved to be a president as great and served as much of a catalyst to the nation as Washington did. His birthday was February 12th, and many states started to observe that date as a holiday.


The Birth of Presidents Day

Many years later, in 1968, members of Congress decided that it would be easier to celebrate the holidays if they were on Monday so that workers would have a three day weekend instead of having a broken week in the middle of the week. This bill moved all holidays to Monday, so President's Day is on the third Monday in February. This national holiday is often called "President's Day," in honor of both Washington and Lincoln, but the official name remains "Washington's Birthday."

In order to make the single national holiday more inclusive of both Presidents, Congress considered a bill to rename it as President's Day. Congress rejected the bill. Some in Congress would like to make the national holiday more inclusive of not only Lincoln, but all Presidents who served our country. But when it comes down to it, the original purpose of the holiday was to recognize the first significant and great President who had one of the largest roles in founding this nation and creating the Constitution that we hold so dear. Washington deserves to be recognized as the greatest leader the United States have ever had.


What Does President's Day Mean to Americans?

If you ask most Americans about President's Day, they'll likely tell you that it's one of the best shopping days of the year. Retailers offer some of the steepest discounts of the year as they switch from winter stock to spring stock. Stores hope to clear out floor space for the new inventory, and getting rid of the remaining winter goods are their highest priority. Sometimes the priority is so high that sales are very surprising.

Unfortunately, this practice has caused the national holiday, which was created to recognize President Washington and President Lincoln, to become a highly commercialized holiday, much like Christmas has become. It seems unfortunate that most Americans do not recognize the importance of the day, the history behind it, and the history behind the men for which it was created.


How to Recognize President's Day

That's not to say that you shouldn't enjoy a great day of rock-bottom bargains at your local store. But primarily, parents should spend the day with their kids, teaching them about Washington's life and the history of the birth of our nation. Parents should enjoy activities with their children that reflect on what it means to be a U.S. President, and what sort of struggles and trials George Washington faced during his time as a child, his time on the battlefields of our young nation, and his time as a leader of this great nation.

Please visit ListofPresidents.net for a great list of resources about United States Presidents!

Article Source:  George Washington and the Origin of Presidents Day


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Grover Cleveland

The First Democrat elected after the Civil War, Grover Cleveland was the only President to leave the White House and return for a second term four years later.

One of nine children of a Presbyterian minister, Cleveland was born in New Jersey in 1837. He was raised in upstate New York. As a lawyer in Buffalo, he became notable for his single-minded concentration upon whatever task faced him.

At 44, he emerged into a political prominence that carried him to the White House in three years. Running as a reformer, he was elected Mayor of Buffalo in 1881, and later, Governor of New York.

Cleveland won the Presidency with the combined support of Democrats and reform Republicans, the "Mugwumps," who disliked the record of his opponent James G. Blaine of Maine.

A bachelor, Cleveland was ill at ease at first with all the comforts of the White House. "I must go to dinner," he wrote a friend, "but I wish it was to eat a pickled herring a Swiss cheese and a chop at Louis' instead of the French stuff I shall find." In June 1886 Cleveland married 21-year-old Frances Folsom; he was the only President married in the White House.

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Frances Folsom Cleveland

"I detest him so much that I don't even think his wife is beautiful." So spoke one of President Grover Cleveland's political foes--the only person, it seems, to deny the loveliness of this notable First Lady, first bride of a President to be married in the White House.

She was born in Buffalo, New York, only child of Emma C. Harmon and Oscar Folsom--who became a law partner of Cleveland's. As a devoted family friend Cleveland bought "Frank" her first baby carriage. As administrator of the Folsom estate after his partner's death, though never her legal guardian, he guided her education with sound advice. When she entered Wells College, he asked Mrs. Folsom's permission to correspond with her, and he kept her room bright with flowers. Though Frank and her mother missed his inauguration in 1885, they visited him at the White House that spring. There affection turned into romance--despite 27 years' difference in age--and there the wedding took place on June 2, 1886.

Cleveland's scholarly sister Rose Elizabeth Cleveland: her bachelor brother's hostess in 15 months of his first term of office. Rose gladly gave up the duties of hostess for her own career in education; and with a bride as First Lady, state entertainments took on a new interest. Mrs. Cleveland's unaffected charm won her immediate popularity. She held two receptions a week--one on Saturday afternoons, when women with jobs were free to come.

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On June 2, 1882, at seven o'clock in the evening, Frances Folsom married President Cleveland in the Blue Room. 

 

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