President's Day celebrates the birthdays of two of our great presidents, Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States, and George Washington, the Father of our Country. Abe was born February 12, 1809.
time with his elder half-brother, Lawrence Washington, at the Washington family estate, Mount Vernon.
With a unanimous vote, General Washington reluctantly accepted his role as our first president. The family moved to New York city, the first capitol of the new government. Martha once again stepped into the spotlight as supporter of her husband and our new nation. She became known as Lady Washington and was a model for future wives of presidents, who would become known as First Ladies.
Washington's presidency ran from 1789 to 1797, and George and Martha once again returned to their beloved Mount Vernon. Sadly, he died in his bed 2 1/2 years later, and Martha never again slept in the bedroom they shared, but preferred to move into a third story bedroom. She died 2 1/2 years after her husband.
George and Martha are buried in a tomb on Mount Vernon, along with several members of the Washington family.