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President's Day History

Friday, 18 February 2011 01:54 PM

February 21st marks the celebration of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays, more commonly known as President’s Day. 

Washington, known as “The father of our country” is remembered for playing a significant role in drafting the Declaration of Independence.
 
Lincoln, or “Honest Abe” was known as the “Great Emancipator” for signing into law the Emanciption Proclamation that freed the slaves.
 
His famous quote, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently, half slave, half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved. I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other” endures today.
The federal holiday was first implemented in 1880 by Congress for government offices in D.C. It was the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen and was originally celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday; February 22nd.

It is now celebrated on the third Monday in February.  

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