Which president’s proclamation first set the last Thursday of November ‘as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise’ in the United States?
– George Washington
– Abraham Lincoln
– John Adams
– Thomas Jefferson
It was a letter-writing campaign that spanned 15 years that brought the need for a national Thanksgiving holiday to the attention of President Abraham Lincoln. Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, sent letters to presidents for 15 years before Lincoln responded to her urgings for a ‘national and fixed Union Festival.’ Lincoln delivered his Thanksgiving Proclamation on Oct. 3, 1863, establishing the last Thursday of November as a national day of Thanksgiving. Source: AbrahamLincolnOnline.org