Until 1971, both February 12 and
February 22 were observed as federal holidays to honor
the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George
Washington (Feb. 22).
In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single
federal holiday, the Presidents' Day,
to be observed on the third Monday of February, honoring
all past presidents of the United States of America.
~ George Washington ~
Presidential Number: 1st
Years he was President: 1789-1797
Party Affiliation: Federalist
Fact(s): In May 1775, Washington, one of Virginia's delegates, was
elected commander in chief of the Continental Army.
~ Personal Info ~
Birthday: February 22, 1732
How old would he be this year? 281
School(s) attended: Did not attend college, but studied at home
Wife: Martha Washington
Occupation(s) before he was President: Planter, farmer, soldier
Other way(s) he served: Represented Virginia in the Continental
Height: 6 feet, 2 inches
Favorite Foods: Ice cream, fish
Hobbies or Sports: Fishing, riding horses
Pets: Horse named Nelson
~ Life in America ~
How would he have traveled? Horse and carriage
How would he have communicated with his friends? Letter
U.S. Population when term began: 3,929,214
Number of stars on flag when he left office: 16
~ Three Cornered Hat ~
~ Enjoy making this Craft ~
Cut three 12" X 3" strips of construction paper for each child. Let
the children make three-cornered hats like the ones worn in George Washington's Day. Have each child staple together the ends of the three
strips of construction paper (making a triangle). Children can then wear
their hats for the day.
~ The First 22 Presidents ~
~ The Last 22 Presidents ~
~ Abraham Lincoln ~
Presidential Number: 16th
Years he was President: 1861-1865
Party Affiliation: Republican
Fact(s): He had to struggle for a living. Lincoln's mom died when he
was 9. He loved to read.
Birthday: February 12, 1809
How old would he be this year? 204
School(s) attended: Did not attend college, but read at home
Wife: Mary Lincoln
Occupation(s) before he was President: Store clerk, rail-splitter,
Other way(s) he served: Congressman
Height: 6 feet, 4 inches, tallest president
Favorite Foods: Fruit salad, cheese, crackers
Hobbies or Sports: Walking, wrestling
~ Life in America~
How would he have traveled? Horse and carriage, or train
How would he have communicated with his friends? Letter, or telegram
U.S. Population when term began: 31,443,321
Number of stars on flag when he left office: 36
~ Lincoln's Log Cabin ~
~ Enjoy making this craft ~
You will need 1 empty 1/2 pint paper milk carton, rinsed and dried,
a 10"x8" board covered,
1 (16oz) container vanilla or chocolate frosting
1/2 cup shredded coconut, tinted green
Decorations: cheese flavored snack sticks, graham crackers, pretzel
square cheese crackers, green spearmint candy leaves.
1. Cover the milk carton with foil.
2. Spread 1 side of carton with frosting, decorate with cheese sticks (to
look like a log cabin) use 1 section of graham cracker for a door.
3. Frost top of milk carton - top with pretzel sticks
4. spread frosting onto prepared board, sprinkle with coconut. Arrange
cheese crackers for a walkway, make log pile out of cheese sticks.
5. Construct a small fence from cheese sticks and pretzel sticks using
dabs of frosting to hold together. Place spearmint candy leaves in
frosting for trees.