Presidents Day…a little history!

I like today!

Being a real proud American  and a student of American History, Presidents day is just great. The office of the President of The United States has such a rich history and today we remember and appreciate THE Founding Father.

I have read quite a bit about the technical definition of Presidents Day and the perceived notion of what the holiday actually is commemorating.

By definition the birthday of George Washington is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It is also commonly known as PRESIDENTS DAY. Many Americans, myself included were actually under the impression it was  actually called PRESIDENTS’ Day and also acknowledged Lincolns birthday.

The holiday was always celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday (Feb 22) until the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in february following the passage of the UNIFORM MONDAY HOLIDAY ACT of 1971. In 1968 a draft of the Uniform Holiday Bill attempted to rename the holiday Presidents’ Day (honoring both Washington and Lincoln) the bill ultimately failed in committee.

But George Washington was the man plain and simple, when he finished his second term in office the country at large practically begged him to stay on for a third. With the young country only a decade removed from a monarchy, one might think GW would have jumped at the chance to stay in power. But Washington set the tone for the office and did not run for a third term, a legacy that continued until FDR. A smooth , easy and most importantly non violent transfer of power had taken place and we as a country have never looked back.

So even though technically we are only celebrating the birthday of George Washington, I like to think its a great time to investigate the history of the 43 men who have held our lands highest office. If you want some serious presidential history check out my girl Doris Kearns Goodwin, she might be the most astute living presidential historian out there.

Shouts to George Washington University.

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