Thanksgiving Day 1864 by the President of the United States of America: a Proclamation

The Founder’s Blog

President Abraham Lincoln issued several Thanksgiving proclamations but most were for victories in battle. This is the only Thanksgiving Day Proclamation he issued before his death.

…I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe…

Go to The Founder’s Blog to read the entire proclamation.

Related: Obama Leaves God Out of Thanksgiving Address

…His remarks were void of any religious references although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God.

The president said his family was “reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are.”

For many Americans, though, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how blessed and thankful they are…

Update:  Obama: Yeah, Thanksgiving Is Tough For a Lot of Americans This Year, But It’s Bush’s Fault…

Amazing, he still finds a way to blame Bush during a simple Thanksgiving address.

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