Feb 22 - Geezer's Blog - Washington's Birthday

Today is George Washington's birthday...... I am getting old. Now we celebrate President's Day. When I was in grade school we all knew that Lincoln's birthday was Feb 12 and Washington's birthday was Feb 22. I am not sure if we were out of school for either of those days. I believe we celebrated Washington's birthday as a holiday but on the actual date.... the 22nd ... Eventually the third Monday of February was designated as President's Day, honoring all presidents

February 22nd is George Washington’s Birthday! Known as the "Father of His Country," George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. He became commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775, and fought a long and arduous war for freedom from British rule.

The war was finally over in 1781, when the Continental Army with the help of the French, forced British General Cornwallis to surrender at Yorktown. Fast forward to 1787 – Washington was unanimously elected president by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. He took the oath of office in 1789. He served two terms of office from 1789 until 1797.

After the presidency, Washington retired to his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia where he died on December 14th, 1799 of a throat infection.

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