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Mrs. Sonora Dodd started the first Father´s Day to honor her father, Mr. William Smart. Mr. Smart was widowed and raised his 6 children alone. Sonora wanted to honor him for his dedication and love.
Mr. William Smart was a civil war veteran. He raised his children making a living by farming in Spokane, Washington.
|President Richard Nixon|
|President Calvin Coolidge|
|President Dwight Eisenhower|
|President John Kennedy|
President Calvin Coolidge recommended a national observance of Father´s Day in 1924. President Coolidge remarked that this celebration would "establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children, and to impress upon their fathers the full measure of their obligations".
It was President Lyndon Johnson that signed an official Presidential Proclamation in 1966. It declared the third Sunday of June would become Father´s Day.
Now you know a bit about the history of Father´s Day, lets try some famous fathers!
Ozzie Nelson was the dad, he played himself, on the *Ozzie and Harriet Show.* Fred MacMurray was the dad, Steve Douglas, on *My Three Sons.* Dick VanPatten played the dad,Tom Bradford, on *Eight is Enough.* Robert Young played the father, Jim Anderson, on *Father Knows Best.*
As the first president George Washington is known as *The Father of our Country.*
John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams were the only father and son to both serve as presidents until the recent election of George W. Bush, whose father George Bush was the 41st President of the United States.
|They all had daughters.|
|They were all rich dads.|
|They were all created from stories of real fathers.|
|They were all single fathers depicted on television.|
They were all single fathers depicted on television.
Mark Twain was quoted saying this, and the truth holds today! Have a wonderful Father´s Day this year, be sure to spend some time with Dad!
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