Father facts and dad data for Father’s Day

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CASPER, Wyo. — Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16 and Oil City fetched some fatherly facts ahead of the Father’s Day festivities.

Father’s Day officially began in 1966, more than 50 years after the first Mother’s Day, which was in 1914, according to the Library of Congress and the United States Census Bureau.

Former President Lyndon Johnson declared the first official Father’s Day but former President Richard Nixon made it permanent in 1972.

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However, the idea for Father’s Day predates its official celebration, the US Census Bureau added. The first Father’s Day is said to have been celebrated in 1910 in Spokane, Washington.

Sonora Dodd is credited with starting the holiday. Dodd’s mother died in childbirth and she was raised by her father.

“‘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,'” the US Census quotes the Library of Congress. “‘Because Dodd’s father was born in June, she encouraged churches in her area, Spokane, Wash., to honor fathers that month.'”

“‘Over the years, the idea spread, and people lobbied Congress to establish the holiday. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson, who had signed a proclamation establishing Mother’s Day, approved the idea, but never signed a proclamation for it. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge made it a national event to ‘establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.'”

Here is some dad data to dig through, from the US Census Bureau:

  • Roughly 60% of men over age 15 are fathers.
  • 29.2 million fathers are also grandfathers.
  • 66 million of the 72 million fathers have been or are married.
  • About 3 in 4 fathers are currently married. 12.9% are divorced, 3.2% are widowed and 2.3% are separated.
  • Dad’s with at least two kids have their first child 4.6 years before their last, as the median.
  • Most fathers, 31%, have their first child when they are between ages 20-24. 30.3% have their first child when they are 25-29.
  • 54% of fathers only have adult children over the age of 18.
  • About 1 in 4 men are grandfathers.

Further father facts are available from the US Census Bureau here.