National Tweed Day - April 3

National Tweed Day – April 3

NATIONAL TWEED DAY

National Tweed Day is observed annual on April 3rd..  This day has a few different meanings, so you can choose as to which one you believe is the source of National Tweed Day.

Some people believe that National Tweed Day is celebrated  to recognize senator-turned-crook William “Boss” Tweed.  Tweed was born on April 3, 1823.  He was the wealthiest and most powerful politician of his time.  While being considered the “poster boy”  for political corruption, Tweed is still known by many as one of the most notorious politicians in American history.  He died in 1878, in jail, after being caught with stealing millions of dollars of public money.

Others believe that it celebrates the tweed fabric.  ”Tweed is a rough, unfinished woolen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture, resembling cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven. It is made in either plain or twill weave and may have a check or herringbone pattern. Subdued, interesting colour effects (such as heather mixtures) are obtained by twisting together differently colored woolen strands into a two- or three-ply yarn. (Wikipedia) Tweed was often worn by Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Tweed Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

5 Responses to “NATIONAL TWEED DAY – April 3”

  1. Kathy April 1, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    Yes, I was surprised to see he died in jail at age 155. I would have thought that alone earned the recognition!

  2. Checkerman April 3, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    He died in 1878, I think you mean to say.

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