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The Real Reason behind President's Day: It was not for auto and mattress ads!
Posted 10 Feb 2013, by Don
Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays were honored separately until Congress combined them into "President's Day".  Observance today seems mostly a prop for advertisements, yet through President's Day maybe a few will become aware of how important Washington and Lincoln were.  Due to the popularity of the movie "Lincoln" about his effort to get the 13th amendment to the US Constitution ratified (Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction), the accomplishments of Lincoln are probably better known than those of Washington.  Yet, without Washington, and his leadership during the American Revolution and as first President, the US as we know it would have been much different.  Early Americans so realized this that after his death in 1799, Washington was memorialized and honored for DECADES.  In fact, the famous painting of Washington crossing the Delaware River wasn't painted until 1851, even though the attack on Trenton took place in 1776......I recently sold to a knowledgeable collector a fabulous watercolor memorial of "General George Washington and his Lady", painted in the period of 1805 to 1820.  We are fortunate to have such informative works of folk art to tell us how Washington was revered "in period".