Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Nov 23, 2004
Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day

October 3, 1863

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When Abraham Lincoln was 7, his family was forced out of their home, and he went ot work. When he was 9, his mother died. he lost his job as a store clerk at age 20. he wanted to go to law school but didn’t have the education. At age 23, he went into debt to be a partner in a store. Three years later his business partner died, and it took years to pay the debt.

It took three tries for him to be elected to Congress and he only served one term. His son dies at 4 years old. When Lincoln was 45, he ran for the Senate and lost. He ran for the Vice Presidency and lost and at 51 he was elected to the President of the United States.

Abraham Lincoln, in the midst of the Civil War in 1863, established the annual celebration of Thanksgiving. Lincoln had learned how important it is to stop and thank God in the midst of great difficulties.

Here’s what Lincoln wrote

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hears, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It has seemed to me fit and proper that the gifts of God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore invite my fellow citizens…to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

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