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Proclamation of Thanksgiving Day by Abraham Lincoln

“I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth [...]

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“A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer”

Couple months after the U.S. Constitution was adopted, in the first year of his Presidency, on October 3, 1789, George Washington issued the first official proclamation called “General Thanksgiving” (published in the Massachusetts Centinel newspaper, Wednesday, October 14, 1789) in which we read, “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge [...]

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