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This Day (Is for Presidents Edition)

February 18th, 2013 by Brendan Wolfe · 1 Comment

Folk art depiction of George and Martha Washington (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

Happy Presidents Day! The holiday—officially called Washington’s Birthday and established by Congress in 1971 as the third Monday in February—is meant to honor United States presidents. Eight of the forty-four, or 18 percent, were born in Virginia:

There are other kinds of presidents in the encyclopedia, however—for instance, Confederate States presidents. And on this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the provisional president of the Confederacy in Montgomery, Alabama. He declared that the “South is determined to maintain her position, and make all who oppose her smell Southern powder and feel Southern steel.”

IMAGE:  Folk art depiction of George and Martha Washington (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

Tags: Around the State · George Washington · This Day · Virginia History

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 John Maass // Feb 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    The day is still officially (at least for the Feds) Washington’s Birthday, and not “President’s Day.”

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