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Frank Hering, center, is considered the “Father of Mother’s Day,” a holiday he championed in the early 1900s as Grand Worthy President of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

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In the late 1800s, Frank Hering was the University of Notre Dame’s star quarterback, coach and captain of the football team before becoming a history professor and the school’s first athletic director. But even if his name is not familiar, mothers everywhere will be celebrated this weekend with the holiday he championed more than 100 years ago.


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