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History of Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims to “Franksgiving”

Explore with us the history of the thanksgiving, on it’s 150th year of annual celebration, rrom the feasts of ancient Israel, to the other “first thanksgivings” to Franksgiving.


  1. It is the 224th year of Thanksgiving, not 150th. Our first President, George Washington, issued the first American Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789!
    President Jefferson Davis declared Nov. 15 as a day of Thanksgiving back in 1861. It was two years later when Lincoln followed suit.
    Thank you, George Washington and Jefferson Davis!

    1. Thanks for your comment. You’re right that the thanksgiving declared by Lincoln in 1863 was not the first one, but it was the first time it was held every year. Washington and Davis declared thanksgiving days for special events – not as an annual holiday.

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