Saturday, October 03, 2015

Homeschooling: Today in American History - Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

On October 3, 1789, our first president proclaimed November 26, 1789 a day of "public thanksgiving and prayer," recommended by both Houses of Congress.

In their request, they asked Washington "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

The Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate on the last Thursday of November was established by Abraham Lincoln, and formally made into law by Congress in 1941.

To read George Washington's proclamation in PDF form to save or print, visit this link.

This history is from The Heritage Foundation's First Principles series.
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