John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

You won't find our faces on dollars or on cents

It’s President’s Day! Well, no, actually, it isn’t. Per 5 U.S.C. § 6103, the third Monday in February is Washington’s Birthday, not Presidents Day.

But nuts to that! Nothing against George Washington, but people would remember him even if his birthday wasn’t a Federal holiday. With Washington state and Washington, D.C. and 35 communities called Washington — 9 of them in Wisconsin alone! — and 31 Washington Counties and George Washington University and the hundreds and hundreds of other things named after him, to say nothing of his being on quarters and dollar bills, he's probably literally unforgettable.

So maybe it should be Presidents Day! On what other day will people think about, say, Chester A. Arthur or Rutherford B. Hayes or even Martin Van Buren? So take a few minutes and think about a President you haven't thought about lately! Here are some visual prompts to get you started:

John Tyler

Garfield Inaugural Invitation

McKinley at Toledo, Ohio

Harrison Souvenir

All images via Wisconsin Historical Society.

Tags: history, holidays

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