Did you know that Thomas Jefferson originally opposed George Washington’s idea for a national Thanksgiving celebration, calling it “the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard”? The holiday did not become official u n t i l 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that a Thanksgiving holiday would be honored the last Thursday of November that year. Even then, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to sign a bill into law in 1941 before the last Thursday of November was the officially recognized day for Thanksgiving. Other presidents between Washington and Roosevelt issued their own proclamations for national days of thanks, including James Madison, who wanted to observe it on April 13th.
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