In 1916, President Wilson went to Spokane to speak at a Father's Day celebration. He wanted to make it federal holiday, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.
In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Smith accused Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus "singling out just one of our two parents." In 1966, President Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers. Six years later, it was made a permanent national holiday when President Nixon signed Father’s Day into law in 1972.
Take Away: Let’s not ignore our Fathers.