Facts about President’s Day
Every February since 1885, America has celebrated President’s Day. This holiday was originally established to honor George Washington on his birthday. His actual birthday was February 22, 1732, but we celebrate President’s Day on the third Monday of the month. This changed in 1971 due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, giving the nation’s workers a solid three day weekend off.
Here are some facts about President George Washington:
- Washington was born in Colonial Beach, VA. There is a national monument located close to his original home that is full of history and inspiration.
- The federal government still officially calls the holiday Washington’s Birthday.
- George Washington was the only president to ever be voted for unanimously.
- He served as America’s very first president from 1789-1797.
- He died on December 14th, 1799 in Mount Vernon, VA.
- George Washington and James Madison are the only presidents to have signed the constitution.
- Three other presidents have celebrated birthdays in February, Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison and Ronald Reagan.
- Previous attempts had been made to include Abraham Lincoln with Washington into the holiday, but the proposal failed in committees. Now the holiday has turned into celebrating all presidents.
- Washington turned over his presidency to John Adams. He could have served a third term, but chose to set a precedents for future leaders.
15 Famous George Washington Quotes:
- “It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company.”
- “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.”
- “There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”
- “Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.”
- “Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.”
- “Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to; and well has it been said, that if there had been no God, mankind would have been obliged to imagine one.”
- “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”
- “Nothing can be more hurtful to the service than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.”
- “I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny and every species of religious persecution.”
- “The Constitution which at any time exists, ’till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People is sacredly obligatory upon all.”
- “The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world.”
- “[Gambling] is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.”
- “I hope, some day or another, we shall become a storehouse and granary for the world.”
- “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.”
- “Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.”
Other Fun Facts About Our Great Presidents:
- President Theodore Roosevelt has the most national parks named in his honor
- Yellowstone was the first national park and it was established by President Ulysses S. Grant.
- Abraham Lincoln also has a national historical park commemorating his birthplace in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
- Another president with a birthplace of national historic recognition is Roosevelt and is located in New York City.
- There are a total of 35 national parks named after presidents.
- James Madison was the shortest president standing at 5’4” while Lincoln was the tallest at 6’4”.
- John F. Kennedy was the youngest person to be elected president at 43 years old. However, Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest to become president at 42 years old after the assassination of William McKinley.
- Donald Trump is the oldest person to be elected President of the United States at age 70.
- Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born in America. All former presidents had been born in Britain.
- William Henry Harrison was the 9th President of the United States and served the shortest term. He died just a month after being sworn in as president.
While first established to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, President’s Day has become a day to appreciate all of our fine presidents. It can be argued that Washington was the greatest president this country had ever seen as he laid the foundation and set the precedents for future leaders.