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Two of our nation's greatest Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, were born in February.  For decades the birthdays of these two Presidents were remembered, despite the fact that few Americans could identify the birth date of any other of our Presidents. 

President Washington's birthday was widely celebrated during his presidency, and in the decades that followed became a federal holiday.  Celebration of his birth however, caused some confusion.  When Washington was born in 1732 the American Colonies used the old Julian calendar, marking his birthday as February 11.  Subsequently, with the transition to the Gregorian calendar, his birthday was identified as February 22.  Therefore, in the 1800s, his birth was celebrated on two different days by different groups, depending upon which calendar they elected to use as their authority.

President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865. The first formal observance of his birthday came the following year and, like Washington's birthday, became a traditional holiday though it did not achieve the formal status of Federal recognition that Washington's birthday did.

In 1968 Congress passed legislation (HR15951) to simplify the calendar of American holidays, the result of which was to place most official observances on a Monday, thereby creating a 3-day weekend and eliminating a mid-week interruption.  Washington's birthday was a part of this legislation, setting the third Monday in February (regardless of the date) aside as "Washington's Birthday."  Subsequently, that holiday has become known as "Presidents Day," a holiday to remember all of our American Presidents.  

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Presidential Births
Can YOU Answer Correctly?



Which of our LIVING former Presidents shares a February birthday with Presidents Washington and Lincoln?  (February 6 Birthday)

 Your Answer


  1. Jimmy Carter
  2. Gerald Ford
  3. Ronald Reagan
  4. George H. W. Bush
  5. Bill Clinton

In addition to these three U.S. Presidents, one other American President was born in the month of February.  He was born on February 9th, and became our 9th US President.

Your Answer


  1. Andrew Jackson
  2. Martin VanBuren
  3. William Henry Harrison
  4. John Tyler
  5. James Knox Polk

Our Nation's Birthday is celebrated on July 4th.  What American President shares a birthday with our nation? 

Your Answer


  1. None of our Presidents were born on the 4th of July.
  2. Ulysses S. Grant
  3. Chester A. Arthur
  4. Theodore Roosevelt
  5. Calvin Coolidge

The U.S. Constitution includes the requirement that in order to be eligible to become President, a man or woman must be born a citizen of the United States.  In fact, the eight Presidents listed below were NOT born in the United States--they were born in the American colonies prior to 1776.  Of the eight Presidents NOT born in the United States, which was not even born in the American colonies--but on a ship as his family emigrated to the colonies?  (This president lists his birthplace in one of the colonies, and his birth was a subject of contention during his presidential campaign.) Your Answer

  1. George Washington
  2. John Adams
  3. Thomas Jefferson
  4. James Madison
  5. James Monroe
  6. John Quincy Adams
  7. Andrew Jackson
  8. William Henry Harrison

Six of our first ten Presidents were born in either the Colony or State of Virginia.  The other four are listed as born in other of the 13 original colonies.  In fact, 22 of our first 30 Presidents were born in one of the original 13 colonies.

What US President was the FIRST president (excluding the one listed in the above question as born at sea) was NOT born in one of the Thirteen Original Colonies?

Your Answer


  1. Franklin Pierce (14th US President)
  2. Abraham Lincoln (16th US President)
  3. Andrew Johnson (17th US President)
  4. Ulysses Grant (18th US President)
  5. Rutherford Hayes (19th US President)

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