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Anna Jarvis - Mother's Day holiday

Anna Jarvis, the daughter of Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, was the founder of the United States national holiday Mother's Day.

Two years after her mother's death, Anna Jarvis began her campaign to form a holiday to honor all mothers. On May 8th, 1914, approximately 9 years after Ann's death, President Woodrow Wilson designated the second Sunday in May as the nationally recognized holiday, Mother's Day.

Anna Marie Jarvis was born May 1st, 1864 in Webster West Virginia, and died November 24th 1948 in West Chester Pennsylvania.
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