The founder of Father's Day was a mother who wanted to honor her single father: who was Sonora Smart Dodd?
- Sonora Smart Dodd is generally considered the mother of father's day
- She launched a campaign to celebrate a feast for fathers when Mother's Day became popular
- She wanted to recognize her father, William Jackson Smart, after he was left to raise his children alone after the sudden death of his wife
While celebrating Father's Day on Sunday, June 16, we must also remember the passionate young woman who realized the holiday more than a century ago.
Sonora Smart Dodd campaigned for fathers for a day after they noticed all the fanfare around Mother & Day, which was started in 1908 by a woman named Anna Jarvis.
Dodd and her five brothers were raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, who became a widower after his wife, Ellen Victoria Cheek Smart, died when she gave birth in 1898, when Sonora was only 16 years old.
Sonora Smart Dodd was only 16 when her mother died and she started a campaign to get Father's Day recognized as a real holiday to celebrate her own and other hard-working fathers.
Aside from the help of Sonora, the tragic event left the civil war veteran to raise the couple's children alone in Spokane, Washington.
Then in 1909, Dodd interrupted her priest during a Mother's Day sermon, wondering why there wasn't such a equivalent for fathers, naturally thinking of her widow's father.
& # 39; I liked everything you said about motherhood & # 39 ;, she later said about the experience in a 1972 interview, according to Today. & # 39; Do you not think that fathers also deserve a place in the sun? & # 39;
William Jackson Smart was a Civil War veteran who only had to raise his family after his wife died during labor.
She was married to a son's mother herself and set out to move her plan and approached the Spokane ministerial association and the local YMCA with the idea of celebrating Father's Day on June 5, her father's birthday.
Both groups loved the idea, but due to a lack of time, the celebration took place on June 19.
Speeches were given in the church and roses were distributed on the occasion of the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane. Although the day in Washington State was treated as important, it took some time to spread across the United States. For comparison: Mother's Day became a national holiday in 1914.
President Woodrow Wilson supported the idea as early as 1913, but it would take decades before it would fall into law.
Father & # 39; s Day was created by Sonora Smart Dodd in 1910 in Spokane, Washington. The holiday celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2010.
In 1957, Senator Margaret Chase Smith from Maine introduced a bill to create an official day: & Either we honor both parents, mother and father, or do not honor either. But to select one of our two parents and omit the other is the most serious insult you can imagine. & # 39;
Rep. Walt Horan took the task to DC in 1966, campaigning to make it an official vacation home, according to Politics. He told Dodd's story and explained how her father worked tirelessly as a single parent.
President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first proclamation to celebrate fathers on the third Sunday in June. On April 24, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the vacation in law.
Dodd died in 1978 at the age of 96. The mother of one was the author of a children's book, sculptor and owner of a company. Her tombstone reads: & # 39; Founder of Father's Day & # 39 ;.
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