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1866--William T. Kerr--1953
"Father of Modern Flag Day Legislation"

William T. Kerr founded the American Flag Day Association
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1898 and served as President until 1950.

For more than 50 years he endeavored to make Flag Day a National Celebration.

In 1927 he was the first to initiate Congressional Legislation requesting
the President issue an annual Flag Day Proclamation,
which finally came into fruition 22 years later
with the passage of HJ Res 170 on June 2, 1949.

As initiator of the bill, President Truman invited him to the 
Oval Office to witness the signing of Public Law 230 on August 3, 1949.

Through his efforts Pennsylvania became the first State
to declare flag Day a Legal Holiday in 1937.

The first of a long string of letters to the President
requesting a Presidential Flag Day Proclamation appears in 1920.


Executive File
282
1868--William T. Kerr--1953
Letters to the President
Library of Congress
Executive File
282



"Our Flag"
By Fred Tripp-1940
Beloit, WI



William T. Kerr
Father of National Flag Day Legislation
1868-1953

"Our Flag"
By Fred Tripp-1940
Beloit, WI
Executive File
282
1920-Letters to Woodrow Wilson-1920
28th President of the United States
Executive File
282
# DATE FROM CITY STATE ORG TO DETAILS VIEW
1-1 June 4, 1920 William T. Kerr Pittsburgh PA AFDA The President Requests FD Proclamation Click
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Executive File
282
1927-Letters to Calvin Coolidge-1927
30th President of the United States
Executive File
282
# DATE FROM CITY STATE ORG TO DETAILS VIEW
1-1 March 29, 1927 William T. Kerr Pittsburgh PA AFDA The President Requests FD & APW Proc Click
1-2 March 29, 1927 White House Memo Washington DC The White House Sec to  President Please Bring to Pres Attn Click
1-3 March 30, 1927 William T. Kerr Pittsburgh PA AFDA Sec to President Urge CC to Comply-Quick Click
1-4 March 30, 1927 William T. Kerr Pittsburgh PA AFDA Sec to President Copy of Original Letter Click
1-5 April 7, 1927 Sec to the Pres Washington
DC The White House William T. Kerr No Proc-Will Issue Statement Click
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Executive File
282
1949-Letters to Harry S. Truman-1949
34nd President of the United States
Executive File
282
# DATE FROM CITY STATE ORG TO DETAILS VIEW
1-1 June 7, 1949 William T. Kerr Pittsburgh PA AFDA Sec to President HJ170 Wants to Be at Signing Click
1-2 June 13, 1949 Sec to President Washington DC The White House William T. Kerr Sorry Not Possible Click
1-3 Aug 2, 1949 William T. Kerr Pittsburgh PA AFDA Sec to President Telegram-Hot-Not Invited Click
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