The custom of honoring mothers goes back at least as far as 17th-century England, which celebrated (and still celebrates) Mothering Sunday. Mother’s Day in the United States originated in 1872 with Julia Ward Howe, a writer, abolitionist, and suffragist who wrote the words to “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” In 1911, President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday. Source: Fact Monster Got an interesting Fast Fact for a business audience? Please send and share it with our 1,653 subscribers. Click here to subscribe to Read|Delete and receive fast facts delivered weekly. firstname.lastname@example.org | 301.575.0332 | Biz Tek Today You can also connect with Offit Kurman via Facebook, Twitter, Google+,YouTube, and LinkedIn.