A daughter began it
The first government-certified Father’s Day in the United States was proclaimed exactly 100 years ago by the mayor of Spokane, Wash. He acted at the request of Sonora Dodd, daughter of a widowed farmer, William Smart. Smart had raised his six children alone after their mother died in childbirth.
But while Mother’s Day was presidentially established in 1914, it took until 1966 for Father’s Day to become similarly marked.