Today (February 20, 2017) is Presidents’ Day.
Presidents’ Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February, and was originally established in 1885 to recognize President George Washington, the first United States president.
Within the federal government, the holiday is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday,” but the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which provided more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.
In honor of Presidents’ Day, here are five iconic US presidents and their birthplace homes.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Born: January 30, 1882, Hyde Park, NY
Died: April 12, 1945, Warm Springs, GA
Presidential term: March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945
President Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, led the United States during the great depression and World War 2. Known for his famous inaugural address quote, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” Roosevelt grew up in Hyde Park, New York in a beautiful estate.
Dwight David Eisenhower
Born: October 14, 1890, Denison, TX
Died: March 28, 1969, Washington, D.C.
Presidential term: January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961
Before becoming president, Dwight D. Eisenhower (known as Ike) was the commanding general of the victorious forces in Europe in World War II. Once president, President Eisenhower pursued a middle course, continuing most Deal and Fair Deal programs while emphasizing a balanced budget. In 1890, Dwight Eisenhower was born in a modest home Denison, Texas.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Born: May 29, 1917, Brookline, MA
Assassinated: November 22, 1963, Dallas, TX
Presidential term: January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, known as JFK, was the youngest person elected as President. During World War 2 in 1943, JFK’s PT boat was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer. Despite receiving serious injuries, he led survivors through perilous waters to safety. As President, JFK’s economic programs launched the country on its longest sustained expansion since World War II
JFK’s childhood home in Brookline, Massachusetts fits within the fabric of early twentieth century suburban development.
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Born: August 27, 1908, Stonewall, TX
Died: January 22, 1973, Stonewall, TX
Presidential term: November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
Lyndon Baines Johnson, known as LBJ, was vice president when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. After taking office, LBJ urged the nation “build a great society, a place where the meaning of man’s life matches the marvels of man’s labor.” Under LBJ, the United States made spectacular explorations in space. LBJ’s birthplace is located in the Texas hill country and has been reconstructed.
James Earl “Jimmy” Carter
Born: October 1, 1924 (age 92 years), Plains, GA
Presidential term: January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
President Jimmy Carter aspired to make Government “competent and compassionate,” as well as responsive to the American people and their expectations. President Carter’s childhood home was a cotton, corn and sugarcane farm in rural Georgia. President Carter still lives near the farm today.