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Culture of Life

How Mother's Day Started

Facts of Life

BY The Editors

May 6-19, 2012 Issue | Posted 4/26/12 at 5:43 PM


Anna Jarvis, a school teacher and daughter of a Methodist minister, wanted a way to honor her mother after she died in 1905.

She decided a special day to honor all mothers would be a good way, so she launched a letter-writing campaign to tell influential people, including the president, about her plans for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day became nationally observed under President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.