Nov. 22, 2017
We have much to thank God for.
Below you can read an abbreviated version of an abstract concerning the observance of Thanksgiving. [Source for most of the version is: https://www.varsitytutors.com/earlyamerica/firsts/first-thanksgiving-observance ]
The observance of Thanksgiving in America, began with the colonists of Plymouth Plantation in the fall of 1621. In 1671 there was a proclamation in Massachusetts to observe Thanksgiving. The observance of a day of Thanksgiving spread through the colonies, and during the 1700’s, Thanksgiving Day was observed as a day of fasting and praying.
In 1789 President George Washington made the first national proclamation setting aside one specific day in 1789 (Thursday, November 16) as “A Day of Publick Thanksgiving Prayer.”
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation, making the fourth Tuesday of November a national holiday. It was the first time Thanksgiving became an annual national holiday.
Then in 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to move Thanksgiving a week earlier to benefit businesses, but was pressured into keeping it in the fourth week of November — so it was moved in 1941 to the fourth Thursday each November, as it is today.
Attached you will find an Abstract of the above history. Attached and below you can read the actual Thanksgiving Proclamation by Pres. George Washington Oct 14, 1789.
Source for picture above and proclamation below: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789
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