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How did Father's Day come about?

According to, a Mrs. John B. Dodd of Washington first suggested the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. She wanted a special day to honor her father, a Civil War veteran whose wife died in childbirth with her sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise his six children alone on a farm in eastern Washington. When Mrs. Dodd grew up, she realized the strength her father had shown as a single parent.

The first Father's Day was observed June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Wash. Days honoring fathers began catching on nationally, and in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day.


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