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Because England had not adopted the Gregorian Calendar when he was born, Washington's birthday was recorded as February 11, 1731 (under the Julian calendar, the year began on March 25).

Adjusted to the Gregorian Calendar, it became February 22, 1732.

Great Britain adopted the Gregorian changes in 1750, with the result that September 2, 1752 was followed by September 14, 1752.

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Transportation and communication methods had improved tremendously since the Constitution was written. This made it possible to certify the election more quickly and made it easy for elected officials to get to Washington and removed any reason to wait until March to install the new government. Surely, it was advantageous to shorten the "lame Duck" period as much as was feasible-- officials who know they will be leaving office in a few weeks can not carry out any longer range actions.

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Washington was born on February 11, 1732 according to the Julian or "old Style"

calendar then in use in Britain and British Colonies in America. This date became February 22 when Britain an d the Colonies switched to the Justinian Calendar which we use today.

Washington's birthday was therefore celebrated on Feb 22 until Congress decided to move federal holiday to Mondays, so now we celebrate on the Monday of the week of February 22.

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we lost 11 days when we changed from the Julian to the gregorian calenders during his life time. so Washington celebrated his birthday 11 days later to make it a year after his last birthday.

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the Calendar (New Style) Act 1750, changed the calander and it moved his birth date up 11 days (originally the 11th of feb. )

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