George Washington or Abraham Lincoln?

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George Washington February 22                  Abraham Lincoln February 12

Presidential Trivia in honor of Presidents’ Day

Who…….

1.  served as President from April 30, 1789, until March 4, 1797?

2.  married Mary Todd and had four sons?

3.  was born in Hardin County, Kentucky?

4.  gave the Gettysburg address?

5.  took his presidential oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York?

6. was a self-taught woodsman, surveyor, and mapmaker?

7.  issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy?

8.  retired to his home at Mount Vernon?

9.  won re-election in 1864?

10.  was Commander in Chief of the Continental Army?

 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/gettysburgaddress.htm

 

Valentine’s Day – February 14th

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 Saint Valentine Legends

Legend 1  One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young couples in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Legend 2  According to another legend, Valentine sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today.

Legend 3  Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.