Mother's Day - Ann Jarvis, PA
Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis is the mother of the founder ( Anna Jarvis ) of the United States national holiday Mother's Day.
Ann Jarvis was a social activist and leader who encouraged mothers to collaborate together during the US. Civil War. She led the "Mothers Day Works Clubs" which met at local churches and provided medical care equally to soldiers from both sides.
Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis was born September 30th, 1832 in Culpeper Virginia, and died May 9th, 1905 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
Shortly after Ann's death, her daughter, Anna Marie Jarvis began a successful campaign to form a holiday to honor the contributions of all mothers in society. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson designated the second Sunday in May as the nationally recognized holiday, Mother's Day. Interesting to note, by the 1920's Anna was already upset by the quick commercialization of the holiday!
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