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When did Congress vote Labour Day a federal holiday?

When did Congress vote Labour Day a federal holiday?

On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed legislation that had been rushed through Congress, declaring Labor Day a national holiday, to be observed the first Monday in September.

Since 1883, Labor Day had been celebrated at local and state levels. Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday to his union in 1882, while serving as secretary of the New York-based Central Labor Union. It adopted Maguire’s idea, sponsoring the first such holiday on Sept. 5, 1882, a Tuesday.

From 1887 to 1894, 23 states passed a Labor Day holiday, opting for the first Saturday or first Monday of September.

Grover Cleveland, in full Stephen Grover Cleveland, (born March 18, 1837, Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.—died June 24, 1908, Princeton, New Jersey), 22nd and 24th president of the United States (1885–89 and 1893–97) and the only president ever to serve two discontinuous terms. Cleveland distinguished himself as one of the few truly honest and principled politicians of the Gilded Age. His view of the president’s function as primarily that of blocking legislative excesses made him quite popular during his first term, but that view cost him public support during his second term when he steadfastly denied a positive role for government in dealing with the worst economic collapse the nation had yet faced. (For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America.)

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