Actually it is Abraham Lincoln's and George Washington's birthdays linked together by Congress in order to have another 3-day weekend to take off. Back when Lincoln's birthday was celebrated on February 12 and Washington's was celebrated on February 22, someone figured out that both turned into scheduled work days instead of Holidays and we need a major time off between New Years and Easter and so ...But when Martin Luther King Day was added in January no one chaanged presidents day back into real b-days.So George Washington was First in War, First in Peace and First in the heats of his Countrymen ... and he was First to get his birthday changed to suit politicians
Nope. Lincoln's birthday never was a federal holiday. Just Washington (and now King)
Actually, he was also the first to change his birthday! He was actually born on February 11th, 1732 (using the Julian calendar). The Colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752 and dropped 11 days in September of that year. (No September 3 through 13!) The story is he then celebrated his birthday on the February 22nd, 1753 because that day was a full year after his previous birthday.
My Grandmother was maned Georgina because she was born on the 22nd and shared the date with Washington.