Monday, February 15, 2016

Happy President's Day

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For many years of my career, President's Day was one of my favorite and least favorite, yes at the same time and the same day, holidays.

Favorite?  It signifies the soon end of the winter season.  Some of the buds on trees and bushes are starting to form.  Some Daffodils are starting to grow.  Spring isn't too far away.

Least favorite?  After several months of holidays, some of them more than one day, President's Day was the last one until Memorial Day.  Often, that thought put to planning when I'd take my annual leave to go somewhere.

Too often, this holiday is celebrated with every business having sales while forgetting to remember the accomplishments of the two Presidents whose birth we are celebrating.

George Washington  (1732 - 1799)

  • He was the first President of the United States of America. He served two terms President.  After serving the two terms, he refused to serve for the third time. He served the office from 1789 to 1797.
  • While serving as President, he refused to be paid. He even used his own money to fill the budget of the country.
  • He organized the first United States Cabinet and the Executive Branch, established the USA federal judiciary and he had a major roll in bringing amendments to the US Constitution through the Bill Of Rights.
  • He signed the Naval Act in 1794, creating the US Navy.
  • At the first Virginia Convention, he was elected as a Delegate to the First Continental Congress. at the first Virginia Convention. 

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
  • He became the 16th President of the United States. He was the first Republican President. He served the office from 1861 to 1865.
  • He Issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 which was intended to free more three million slaves.
  • He signed the Homestead Act in 1862 which gave small lands to farmers. If they met certain requirements, the farmers could pay a small fee for the deed to the property. If not, the land had to be returned.
  • He is the Only President to Hold a Patent! An interest in mechanics inherited from his father, President Lincoln designed a device for lifting boats over shoals. In 1849 he received Patent No. 6469 for his invention.
  • Along with Salmon P. Chase, he established the US National Banking System, instituted the first general income tax in the States and started printing paper money.
  • He signed a bill on creating the Department of Agriculture which transformed and expanded the agriculture in the States.
  • He improved education by signing the Morrill Act (Land Grant College Act) in boosting higher education in the States.
  • During the Civil War, he led the Union to Victory. With little experience as commander in chief, he read and worked diligently to improve his military tactics.  
  • He Contributed to the Reconstruction after the Civil War.
  • He Signed the Thanksgiving Proclamation in token of gratitude because of the Union’s victory at Gettysburg.
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