1914: My 3rd Cousin’s Husband Proclaimed Mother’s Day a National Holiday


With Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 11, I thought I would repost my special connection to it, along with history.com’s video that tells the story of the women who rose up in the 19th Century to fight for peace and to reunite families who had been separated by war. Happy Mother’s to all the wonderful and courageous women of the world.

Our Unbounded Heritage: 12th Century & Beyond

A Presidential Proclamation

First Lady - Edith Bolling Wilson First Lady – Edith Bolling Wilson My 3rd Cousin

On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson (husband of my third cousin, Edith Bolling Wilson), issued a presidential proclamation that officially established the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate America’s mothers.But, there are two lines of thought about where and when the idea of Mother’s Day was first brought up.

Julia Ward Howe

1) Julia Ward Howe was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist (especially in the women’s rights to vote movement), poet, and the author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  She saw some of the worst effects of the Civil War — not only the death and disease which killed and maimed the soldiers. She worked with the widows and orphans of soldiers on both sides of the war, and realized that the effects of the war went beyond the killing of soldiers…

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