For 17 years, Sarah Josepha Hale wrote five sitting Presidents to advocate for a national day of Thanksgiving that all states would celebrate on the same day.
Here are a list of great stories, from a variety of sources, which you’ll enjoy reading about Sarah Hale (who, by the way, was from New Hampshire), and our first Thanksgiving Day Proclamations:
This is an entertaining, and informative story, from “The Huffington Post:
Here is a brief biography of Sara Hale, from “Christianity.Net”:
Here, from “Christian Answers.net”, is the official proclamation from Abraham Lincoln. It was this proclamation which eventually led to the establishment of our national Thanksgiving holiday.
Here, from “Early American.com” you can read-and see the first Official Thanksgiving Observance Proclamation, as it appeared in print, and signed by George Washington: