Today, the United States celebrates and honors the memory of its first President, George Washington. Washington’s birthday, colloquially known as “Presidents’ Day,” was brought about by an act of Congress over 100 years ago. The holiday always falls on the third Monday in February, somewhat ironically ensuring that the day of celebration can never fall on Washington’s actual birthday (February 11th or 22nd, depending on your Gregorian/Julian preference).

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Presidents’ day quotes

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. … Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” – Barack Obama

“I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.” – Abraham Lincoln

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Abraham Lincoln needs no marble shaft to perpetuate his name; his words are the most enduring monument, and will forever live in the hearts of the people.” – Osborn H. Oldroyd

“He was one of the few great rulers whose wisdom increased with his power, and whose spirit grew gentler and tenderer as his triumphs were multiplied.” – James A. Garfield

“Lincoln had faith in time, and time has justified his faith.” – Benjamin Harrison

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” – George Washington

“God and Nature together shaped him to lead in the van, In the stress of her wildest weather when the Nation needed a Man.” – Margaret E. Sangster

“This statesman was no conqueror, but his superiority consisted in his moral conquest; this President vanquished no foreign people, and his superiority lay in his self-constraint; this excellent judge of human nature cast a spell over nobody, yet is more fascinating than the shining victors of history.” – Emil Ludwig

Presidents’ day infographic

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame or that Barack Obama applied to model in a pinup calendar? Find out more about U.S. presidents with this infographic, just in time for Presidents’ Day!

Presidents' day infographic

Infograhic via: studentexperts.com