June 21, 2024
So thankful to her father was Mrs. John B. Dodd, born Sonora Smart, of Spokane, Washington, that she pushed for an annual Father’s Day Observance in 1909. Her own father was a civil war veteran and was widowed when his wife died in childbirth. He was left with six children to raise. Mrs. Dobb began circulating petitions and within a year, the city of Spokane agreed to honor Fathers on the 3rd Sunday in June, close to her father’s birthday. Meanwhile, cities and towns all across America began to celebrate Father’s Day. The idea became so popular that others joined the crusade. Harry C. Meek even began to travel the country speaking and campaigning on behalf of a nationally recognized Father’s day. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge backed the idea of a national Father’s Day and in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson declared Father’s Day a national holiday. It was signed into the books in 1972 by President Richard Nixon. Mrs. Dodd even designated a flower for Father’s Day: the rose. Red roses are given for a living father and white ones for remembrance if he had passed. Want more facts about Father’s Day? Read more below.