Until 1971, we celebrated the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and George Washington on February 22. In 1971, President Nixon proclaimed President's Day as the federal holiday to honor these two presidents as well as all the presidents.
George Washington was born February 22, 1732 in Virginia. He was the 1st president of the United States and honored as the "father of his country."
Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 in Kentucky. He became the 16th President in 1861. He was elected for a second term, but was assassinated on April 15, 1865.