February 15, 2010 by nealbinnyc
- Until 1971, February 22 was observed as a federal holiday to honor the birthday of George Washington (Feb. 22). Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12) is observed, however was never declared a federal holiday.
- In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal holiday, the Presidents’ Day, to be observed on the third Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United States of America.
- The Federal statute designates this day as Washington’s Birthday, President Nixon issued a proclamation declaring the holiday as “President’s Day” in 1971. He erroneously believed that a Presidential proclamation on the matter carried the same weight as an Executive Order. Since that change in 1971, the common term has been “President’s Day”.
- Abraham Lincoln – As the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln helped keep the Union together during the American Civil War and abolished slavery in the United States. Remembered for his honesty, compassion, and strength of character, Lincoln remains one of the most respected presidents in American history.
- George Washington – Born February 22, 1732 in Virginia, George Washington was a natural leader, instrumental in creating a united nation out of a conglomeration of struggling colonies and territories. The first president of the United States of America is affectionately honored as “the father of his country.
- Since George Washington’s election in 1789, Presidents of the United States have led in times of peace and war, hardship and plenty, and served in tenures as short as one month and as long as 12 years.