Monday, February 20, 2012

Presidents' Day

         President's Day is officially designated as Washington's Birthday.Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22).
                On January 1, 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, the Presidents' Day,to be observed on the 3rd Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United States of America.

GEORGE WASHINGTON (February 22, 1732 - December 14, 1799)-
               Early in his life George Washington became an experienced surveyor.He fought in the French and Indian War.After the war he returned to Mount Vernon in 1758, married Martha Dandridge in 1759, and became a planter. That same year he became involved in politics when he was elected representative to the Virginia House of Burgesses. He was a representative until 1774 when he became a delegate to the Continental Congress. In May of 1775 George Washington was appointed Commander of the American army during the Revolution.He was the first President, (1789- 1797) governing the 13 states.

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