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Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Presidents' Day!

On Presidents Day (February 16, 2015) we celebrate the birthdays of Lincoln (February 12) and Washington (February 22).

This past weekend we also celebrated Valentine's Day and the opening of the Cricket World Cup!

Here's a bit of number trivia about our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. He was 6' 4" tall, our tallest president.
Lincoln was born in 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
Lincoln served in the Illinois legislature from 1834 to 1836, and then became an attorney. He married Mary Todd in 1842, and their family expanded to include four sons. On the left is a photo of the top portion of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

As leader of the new Republican Party, Lincoln was considered politically moderate. In 1858 Lincoln ran for a Senate seat, but did not win. Even so, he was recognized as a strong political force.

And two years later in 1860, Lincoln ran for president and won. This bronze bust of Lincoln pictured on the right was sculpted by Gilbert Riswold, an artist from Utah. It is housed in the Utah capital in Salt Lake City.

This is a commemorative one cent coin featuring Abraham Lincoln and circulated in 2009 to mark the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.

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George Washington was our first president. He was born in on February 22, 1732  in Westmoreland County, Virginia. In 1775, the Continental Congress unanimously chose Washington to command the new Continental Army.

Washington also was unusually tall at 6' 3". He was so stubborn that John Adams referred to him as "Old Muttonhead." This Masonic Statue of Washington is located in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. 

The base of the statue recalls some of his contributions as First Citizen, Churchman, President, Statesman, Farmer, Soldier, Patriot, Freemason.

This statue stands 7-feet, 6-inches tall and is carved of white Vermont marble. Washington's home in Mt. Vernon, Virginia is pictured below.

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Excel Math lessons give students lots of practice with numbers, coins and mathematics concepts.

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Mt. Vernon - Washington's Home
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