What president first proclaimed a National Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday in November, and which president opposed it?
#21445. Asked by sami. (Aug 14 02 2:25 PM)
Abraham Lincoln designated it the last Thursday - I am not sure what the rest of the question means but Franklin D Roosevelt sought to make it the third Thursday because he wanted to give more time for Christmas shopping and Congress opposed him and said the fourth Thursday (the last Thursday would make it the fifth Thursday some years). http://www.infoplease.com/spot/tgturkey1.html
Aug 14 02, 3:38 PM
George Washington proclaimed the FIRST Thursday in November as the Day of National Thanksgiving in 1789. Thomas Jefferson opposed it. It was never made an official holiday until Sarah Hale, after some 30 years of campaigning persuaded Abraham Lincoln to do so. Lincoln made it the last Thursday in November.
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