President's Day History

George Washington, born on February 22, was the first President of the United States. He commanded the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and was chosen to be the leader of this country after the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Many people respected George Washington for being a great leader and for helping the United States learn to be independent. 
Abraham Lincoln, born on February 12, was the sixteenth President of the United States from 1861 to 1865. He was elected President at a very difficult time in the country, during the American Civil War. He also helped abolish slavery in the South. Many historians believe that Lincoln was one of the greatest Presidents of the United States.

The US holiday, President's Day, was actually first called "George Washington's Birthday" for many years. It wasn't until the mid-1900s that the US Congress decided to change the name to honor Abraham Lincoln, as well as other great Presidents like Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy.

President's Day is always celebrated on the third Monday in February. Enjoy the long weekend, Nomen Global students!

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