- Washington’s Farewell Address
- Every year since 1896, the Senate has observed Washington’s Birthday by selecting one of its members to read the 7,641-word statement in legislative session; parties alternate each year. Delivery generally takes about 45 minutes. In 1985, Florida senator Paula Hawkins tore through the text in a record-setting 39 minutes – while in 1962 West Virginia senator Jennings Randolph, savoring each word, consumed 68 minutes. At the conclusion of each reading, the appointed senator inscribes his or her name and brief remarks in a black, leather-bound book maintained by the Secretary of the Senate. Early entries in the notebook were typically brief explanations of the practice, accompanied by signature and date. Often, several entries appeared on a single page; in more recent years, entries have grown more elaborate and have included personal stories or comments on contemporary politics and policy. In 1956, Minnesota senator Hubert Humphrey stated that every American should study this memorable message. “It gives one a renewed sense of pride in our republic,” he wrote. “It arouses the wholesome and creative emotions of patriotism and love of country.” The book’s first entry bears the signature of Joseph Foraker, a Republican senator from Ohio, and is dated February 22, 1900. Links to selected entries are included below.
- Let’s go shoe shopping with Martha Washington
- The Great Debate: Is it ‘Presidents’ Day’—or ‘Washington’s Birthday?
- List of official federal holidays:
- Go out and shop the Presidents Day sales. It’s what George Washington would have done!
- George Washington’s Birthday:
- Washington’s Birthday (Presidents Day):
- Why Presidents Day isn’t really a national holiday:
- Why Presidents Day?:
- How Presidents’ Day Came to Be: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/02/17/how_presidents_day_came_to_be_121605.html
- There’S No Such Thing as a National President’s Day Holiday: