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February 19, 2007. Presidents Day is a national holiday in which our country remembers two of its greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

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1 February 19, 2007

2 Presidents Day is a national holiday in which our country remembers two of its greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. What is it??

3 The original version of the holiday was in commemoration of George Washington's birthday in 1796 (the last full year of his presidency). Washington was born on February 22, According to the old style calendar in use back then, however, he was born on February 11th. At least in 1796, many Americans celebrated his birthday on the 22nd while others marked the occasion on the 11th instead. History of the Holiday

4 By the early 19th century, Washington's Birthday had taken firm root in the American experience as a bona fide national holiday. Then along came Abraham Lincoln, another revered president and fellow February baby (born on the 12th of the month). The first formal observance of his birthday took place in 1865, the year after his assassination, when both houses of Congress gathered for a memorial address. (While Lincoln's Birthday did not become a federal holiday like George Washington's, it did become a legal holiday in several states.)

5 In 1968, legislation was enacted that affected several federal holidays. One of these was Washington's Birthday, the observation of which was shifted to the third Monday in February each year whether or not it fell on the 22nd. This act, which took effect in 1971, was designed to simplify the yearly calendar of holidays and give federal employees some standard three-day weekends in the process. Apparently, while the holiday in February is still officially known as Washington's Birthday it has become popularly known as "President's Day."

6 George Washington Abraham Lincoln

7 He led America to victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War Elected as the first president of the United States in 1789 Worked as a surveyor in Virginia during his youth Fought in the French and Indian War between As early as 1778, Washington was lauded as the Father of His Country His face appears on the US quarter, one dollar bill and Mt. Rushmore Monument in South Dakota (as well as several other monuments and statues throughout the country) Washington used to play cricket with his troops during the Revolution George and Martha (his wife) never had children of their own, but raised her children from a previous marriage, Jackie and Patsy A Little About George…

8 Facts About Abraham… Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States He is best known for ending slavery during the Civil War Born in a one-room log cabin in 1809 Abraham Lincoln had no middle name His parents were uneducated farmers Began his political career at age 23 He was involved in 5,100 legal cases in Illinois alone, when he worked as a lawyer The shot that killed Abe entered behind his left eye and lodged behind his right eyeball

9 Ways YOU can celebrate Presidents Day 1.Wear a hot T-shirt 2. Have a Presidents Day coloring contest with your friends! 3. Display the Gettysburg address on your door 4. Start a Founders & Presidents poster collection on a wall in your room 5. Make cookies that look like American flags, stars and presidents heads!

10 Resources used: Created By: Casey Cummings Resident Advisor Montana State University- Bozeman


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