Lincoln's Birthday becomes a holiday in Washington State in 1895
On February 12, 1895 Washington State became the second state, following Illinois, to recognize Abraham Lincoln’s birthday as a legal holiday with the passage and approval of S.B. No. 99. The effort was led by Washington's Civil War veterans. The state legislature was petitioned in January by members of the leading veterans' organization, the Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Washington and Alaska.