presidents-day-2013President’s Day is a day to reflect on the great leaders of our country.

It’s also a U.S. Holiday which means all federal and state government offices are closed in observance. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of the first President of the United States, George Washington, who was born on Feb 22nd, this holiday is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays are in February.  President’s Day, officially named by President Nixon, is now a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. We celebrate the Presidents of Delaware!

While no U.S. Presidents are from the State of Delaware, did you know that Delaware had Presidents of Delaware? The first state constitution, adopted in 1776 soon after independence, created the Office of President. The constitution of 1792 renamed the position to Governor. You may recognize several of these Presidents of Delaware many of whom are clearly honored throughout our community for their contributions to the first state – note that 75% were from North Delaware.

The Presidents of Delaware

  • Joshua Clayton – 1789-96 from Mt. Pleasant
  • Jehu Davis – 1789 from Milford
  • Thomas Collins  – 1786-1789 from Smyrna
  • Nicholas Van Dyke – 1783 -1786 from St. Georges
  • John Dickinson –  1781-1783 from Wilmington
  • Caesar Rodney – 1978-1781 from Dover
  • George Read –  1777-78 from New Castle
  • Thomas McKean – 1777 from New Castle
  • John McKinly –  1777 from Wilmington

Some of our Favs Celebrate President’s Day in North Delaware

The Delaware Museum of Natural History celebrates Presidents’ Day Monday, February 18, 2013 with Natural Leaders: Presidents and Nature, sponsored by Exelon Power. This family-friendly event features hands-on activities and crafts about presidents’ roles in environmental preservation and conservation. Enjoy fun activities and games that highlight Thomas Jefferson’s Lewis and Clark Expedition, Theodore Roosevelt’s national forests, Franklin Roosevelt’s duck stamps, and other historic initiatives.  Sponsored by Exelon Power.Visit or call (302) 658-9111.

Dead Presidents Pub & Restaurant on Union Street inWilmington will be serving their Brunch menu from 11-2.

Happy Presidents Day!!!