ARC Identifier 6010235 / Local Identifier S-044
Item from Record Group 46: Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789 - 2011
|Creator(s):||U.S. Senate. Office of Senate Curator. (? - )|
|Type(s) of Archival Materials:||Photographs and other Graphic Materials|
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|Part Of:||Series: Berryman Political Cartoon Collection, compiled 1896 - 1949|
|General Note(s):||Cartoonist Clifford Berryman uses his caricature Miss Columbia to draw back the curtain revealing a portrait of George Washington in celebration of the First President's birthday (February 22nd). Honoring Washington's birthday became a national custom by 1791, just two years after Washington became president, in recognition of his role in creating a free and independent United States. In 1832, Congress established a joint committee to arrange suitable celebrations for the centennial of Washington's birth. Washington's Birthday, however, did not become a legal holiday until January 31, 1879 when Congress added February 22nd to the list of holidays to be observed by federal employees in the District of Columbia.|