Monday, February 16, 2009

Presidents’ Day

Kickin’ It Hayes Style

According to Wikipedia, the federal holiday now known as Presidents’ Day was to honor Washington’s Birthday and was "originally implemented by the United States of America federal government in 1880 for government offices in the District of Columbia". Yep, you guessed it, during Rutherford B. Hayes’s term as President! It was expanded later in 1885 to include all federal employees.

On a related/unrelated note, C-SPAN came out with their second Presidential Rankings. Hayes dropped seven spots! How do you finish lower than people like Garfield who was in office only a matter of months?! Hayes is getting the shaft and I am not happy about it.
"Raise the Rutherford!" is a continuing, slightly humorous series to raise awareness of Rutherford B. Hayes and erect a statue of him in Cincinnati.

Image of the Hayes Inauguration Stereoview from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.

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