Frontispiece is from Aaron Bancroft, An Essay on the Life of George Washington (Worcester, Mass., 1807)
George Washington was born on 22 February 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His birthday became a national holiday in 1885 during President Chester Alan Arthur's administration.
In 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which took effect on 1 January 1971, moved the observance of Washington's birthday to the third Monday in February. At the time, the House Committee on the Judiciary discussed renaming the holiday "Presidents' Day" but after