Feb 222012
 

Presidents’ Day celebrates the memories of two great American presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The date chosen falls between their birthdays. Lincoln’s birthday is on February 12th and Washington’s is ten days later on the 22nd. By selecting a Monday it insured that businesses and schools would consistently have a three-day weekend in February.

Many people take this opportunity to remember and honor all the US Presidents. It is also a weekend of President Day Sales throughout the retail world.

Presidential Particulars

1732-99
The first President.
1809-65
The sixteenth President.
Dates of office:
April 30, 1789 – March 3, 1797
He served as commander in chief of the Continental forces during the Revolutionary War.
Dates of office:
March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865
President during the Civil War.
Not affiliated with a party. Republican
Vice President: John Adams. Vice Presidents: Hannibal Hamlin (1861-65),
Andrew Johnson (1865).
First Lady: Martha Washington
They had no children together; however, Martha had two children from her first husband.  (When her first husband died she became one of the wealthiest women in Virginia.)
First Lady: Mary Todd Lincoln
They had four children, only one, Robert Todd Lincoln, grew to adulthood.
Religion: Episcopalian Religion: No formal affiliation
Among Washington’s favorite foods were Beefsteak and Kidney Pie, Trifle, and Chess Cakes. Among Lincoln’s favorite foods were Fricasseed Chicken, Scalloped Oysters, and Election Cake.

Washington’s China Pattern

Lincoln’s China Pattern

  • Known as “The Father of Our Country”.
  • He worked as a surveyor and was one of the principals of the Ohio Company, whose purpose was the exploitation of the West.
  • He was chosen unanimously as the first president.
  • He never chopped down a cherry tree, this was propaganda to show he was an honest man.
  • He rarely smiled in his portraits because of poor fitting false teeth.
  • He was born in a log cabin in the backwoods.
  • He was almost entirely self-educated
  • He worked as a storekeeper, surveyor, and postmaster.
  • In 1863, he moved to free the slaves by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • In the Gettysburg Address he expressed his views on war.
  • While attending a play at Ford’s Theater, in Washington, D.C, Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. He died the next morning.

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