We would like to take this opportunity to wish our father, and all fathers out there, a very happy and special Father’s Day. Of course, we cannot let this day pass without looking back and wondering how the celebration started and who the brilliant individual was that kickstarted the idea. In just another shining example of why Washington is such a great state, credit for Father’s Day is officially given to Miss Sonora Dodd of Spokane, WA. Dodd was one of six children raised by her single father and Civil War Veteran, Sgt. William Jackson Smart.
While listening to a sermon at church on Mother’s Day, she thought about all her father had done for her and her siblings and decided fathers should have a day, too. Because Dodd’s father was born in June, she encouraged churches in her area, Spokane, Wash., to honor fathers that month.
– Library of Congress