Presidents’ Day Greater Gardner MA

Presidents' Day Greater Gardner MA

Presidents’ Day is now celebrated as a Federal Holiday on the third Monday of February to honor anyone who has served as President of the United States – this year it’s February 21, 2022. It’s known by over a dozen names including Washington’s Birthday. Some states celebrate one or a few of the Presidents, some use the holiday to salute all of them.

In Massachusetts, the state officially celebrates Washington’s Birthday on the same day as the Federal holiday, AND there’s also a special Presidents Day proclamation on May 29th in honor of John F. Kennedy’s birthday. On February 21, 2022 in Massachusetts, manufacturers may operate without a permit and premium pay requirements for work performed do not apply.

Gardner Magazine publisher Werner Poegel has written a 50 stanza poem entitled, “Poem of the Presidents.” For the complete poetic work, CLICK HERE.

Happy Washington’s Birthday!

George Washington – First President of the United States
John F. Kennedy President of the United States 1961-1963

About Presidents – from wikipedia

The president of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States, indirectly elected to a four-year term by the American people through the Electoral College. The officeholder leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.

Since the office was established in 1789, 45 people have served in 46 presidencies. The first president, George Washington, won a unanimous vote of the Electoral College; one, Grover Cleveland, served two non-consecutive terms and is therefore counted as the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, giving rise to the discrepancy between the number of presidents and the number of persons who have served as president.

The presidency of William Henry Harrison, who died 31 days after taking office in 1841, was the shortest in American history. Franklin D. Roosevelt served the longest, over twelve years, before dying early in his fourth term in 1945. He is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms. Since the ratification of the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1951, no person may be elected president more than twice, and no one who has served more than two years of a term to which someone else was elected may be elected more than once.

Four presidents died in office of natural causes (William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Warren G. Harding, and Franklin D. Roosevelt), four were assassinated (Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy), and one resigned (Richard Nixon, facing impeachment). John Tyler was the first vice president to assume the presidency during a presidential term, and set the precedent that a vice president who does so becomes the fully functioning president with his presidency, as opposed to a caretaker president. The Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution put Tyler’s precedent into law in 1967. It also established a mechanism by which an intra-term vacancy in the vice presidency could be filled. Richard Nixon was the first president to fill a vacancy under this provision when he selected Gerald Ford for the office following Spiro Agnew’s resignation in 1973. The following year, Ford became the second to do so when he chose Nelson Rockefeller to succeed him after he acceded to the presidency. As no mechanism existed for filling an intra-term vacancy in the vice presidency before 1967, the office was left vacant until filled through the next ensuing presidential election and subsequent inauguration.

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North and south sides of the White House
North and South Sides of the White House
Happy Presidents Day

Have some pie!

A food traditionally associated with this day is cherry pie, based on the story of Washington chopping down a cherry tree in his youth.

Cherry pie

The official White House website has a nice photo gallery showing all of the U.S. Presidents from Washington to Biden. For the gallery, CLICK HERE.

This chronological list contains entries for each president with his corresponding first lady and vice president. Note: Multiple entries appear for a president whenever there was a change in the office of vice president.

YEARPRESIDENTFIRST LADYVICE PRESIDENT
1789-1797George WashingtonMartha WashingtonJohn Adams
1797-1801John AdamsAbigail AdamsThomas Jefferson
1801-1805Thomas Jefferson[Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson
died before Jefferson assumed office;
no image of her in P&P collections]
Aaron Burr
1805-1809Thomas Jeffersonsee aboveGeorge Clinton
1809-1812James MadisonDolley MadisonGeorge Clinton
1812-1813James MadisonDolley Madisonoffice vacant
1813-1814James MadisonDolley MadisonElbridge Gerry
1814-1817James MadisonDolley Madisonoffice vacant
1817-1825James MonroeElizabeth Kortright Monroe
(no image)
Daniel D. Tompkins
1825-1829John Quincy AdamsLouisa Catherine AdamsJohn C. Calhoun
1829-1832Andrew JacksonRachel Jackson [Rachel Donelson Jackson died before Jackson assumed office and did not serve as first lady]John C. Calhoun
1833-1837Andrew JacksonRachel Jackson [Rachel Donelson Jackson died before Jackson assumed office and did not serve as first lady]Martin Van Buren
1837-1841Martin Van BurenHannah Hoes Van BurenRichard M. Johnson
1841William Henry HarrisonAnna Tuthill Symmes HarrisonJohn Tyler
1841-1845John TylerLetitia Christian Tyler and
Julia Gardiner Tyler (no images)
office vacant
1845-1849James K. PolkSarah Childress PolkGeorge M. Dallas
1849-1850Zachary TaylorMargaret Mackall Smith Taylor
(no image)
Millard Fillmore
1850-1853Millard FillmoreAbigail Powers Fillmoreoffice vacant
1853Franklin PierceJane M. PierceWilliam R. King
1853-1857Franklin PierceJane M. Pierceoffice vacant
1857-1861James Buchanan(never married)John C. Breckinridge
1861-1865Abraham LincolnMary Todd LincolnHannibal Hamlin
1865Abraham LincolnMary Todd LincolnAndrew Johnson
1865-1869Andrew JohnsonEliza McCardle Johnsonoffice vacant
1869-1873Ulysses S. GrantJulia Dent GrantSchuyler Colfax
1873-1875Ulysses S. GrantJulia Dent GrantHenry Wilson
1875-1877Ulysses S. GrantJulia Dent Grantoffice vacant
1877-1881Rutherford Birchard HayesLucy Webb HayesWilliam A. Wheeler
1881James A. GarfieldLucretia Rudolph GarfieldChester A. Arthur
1881-1885Chester A. ArthurEllen Lewis Herndon Arthuroffice vacant
1885Grover ClevelandFrances Folsom ClevelandThomas A. Hendricks
1885-1889Grover ClevelandFrances Folsom Clevelandoffice vacant
1889-1893Benjamin HarrisonCaroline Lavinia Scott Harrison
Mary Lord Harrison
[Harrison’s second wife,
but never a first lady]
Levi P. Morton
1893-1897Grover ClevelandFrances Folsom ClevelandAdlai E. Stevenson
1897-1899William McKinleyIda Saxton McKinleyGarret A. Hobart
1899-1901William McKinleyIda Saxton McKinleyoffice vacant
1901William McKinleyIda Saxton McKinleyTheodore Roosevelt
1901-1905Theodore RooseveltEdith Kermit Carow Rooseveltoffice vacant
1905-1909Theodore RooseveltEdith Kermit Carow RooseveltCharles W. Fairbanks
1909-1912William H. TaftHelen Herron TaftJames S. Sherman
1912-1913William H. TaftHelen Herron Taftoffice vacant
1913-1921Woodrow WilsonEllen Axson Wilson and
Edith Bolling Galt Wilson
Thomas R. Marshall
1921-1923Warren G. HardingFlorence Kling HardingCalvin Coolidge
1923-1925Calvin CoolidgeGrace Goodhue Coolidgeoffice vacant
1925-1929Calvin CoolidgeGrace Goodhue CoolidgeCharles G. Dawes
1929-1933Herbert HooverLou Henry HooverCharles Curtis
1933-1941Franklin D. RooseveltEleanor RooseveltJohn N. Garner
1941-1945Franklin D. RooseveltEleanor RooseveltHenry A. Wallace
1945Franklin D. RooseveltEleanor RooseveltHarry S. Truman
1945-1949Harry S. TrumanBess Wallace Trumanoffice vacant
1949-1953Harry S. TrumanBess Wallace TrumanBarkley, Alben W.
1953-1961Dwight D. EisenhowerMamie Doud EisenhowerRichard M. Nixon
1961-1963John F. KennedyJacqueline KennedyLyndon B. Johnson
1963-1965Lyndon B. JohnsonLady Bird Johnsonoffice vacant
1965-1969Lyndon B. JohnsonLady Bird JohnsonHubert H. Humphrey
1969-1973Richard M. NixonPat NixonSpiro T. Agnew
1973-1974Richard M. NixonPat NixonGerald R. Ford
1974-1977Gerald R. FordBetty FordNelson Rockefeller
1977-1981Jimmy CarterRosalynn CarterWalter F. Mondale
1981-1989Ronald ReaganNancy ReaganGeorge Bush
1989-1993George BushBarbara BushDan Quayle
1993-2001Bill ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAlbert Gore
2001-2009George W. BushLaura BushRichard Cheney
2009-2017Barack ObamaMichelle ObamaJoseph R. Biden
2017-2021Donald J. TrumpMelania TrumpMike Pence
2021-Joseph R. BidenJill BidenKamala Harris