How Did Father’s Day Originate and Why Did Mrs. Sonora Dodd Propose the Holiday Honoring Fathers?

During a Spokane, Washington, Mother’s Day service in 1910, a Mrs. Sonora Dodd thought of how she and her five brothers had been raised on a small farm by her single father.

She proposed a Father’s Day celebration, but although it caught on locally, it was a political hot potato and didn’t receive permanent recognition until an edict by President Richard Nixon in 1972.

Father’s Day is now the fifth-largest card-sending occasion in North America.

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  1. I found conflicting information. I found that Donora Dodd started Fathers Day min Spokane, Washington, and that Grace Clayton started Fathers Day in West Virginia. Both articles refer to the July 5, 1908 date as a start of the first, but the who and te location are different. Which is correct?

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