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1925 Thanksgiving Proclamation by Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) by Joseph E. Burgess after Ercole Cartotto, Oil on canvas, 1956
Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) by Joseph E. Burgess after Ercole Cartotto, Oil on canvas, 1956
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Presidents have been giving Thanksgiving Proclamations since George Washington in 1789. Here is the 1925 Thanksgiving Proclamation given by then President Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, courtesy of the Pilgram Hall Museum. May it bless you, your family, and friends, as you reflect upon it's words.

By the President of the United States of America—A Proclamation

The season approaches when, in accordance with a long established and respected custom, a day is set apart to give thanks to Almighty God for the manifold blessings which His gracious and benevolent providence has bestowed upon us as a nation and as individuals.

We have been brought with safety and honor through another year, and, through the generosity of nature, He has blessed us with resources whose potentiality in wealth is almost incalculable; we are at peace at home and abroad; the public health is good; we have been undisturbed by pestilences or great catastrophes; our harvests and our industries have been rich in productivity; our commerce spreads over the whole world, and Labor has been well rewarded for its remunerative service.

As we have grown and prospered in material things, so also should we progress in moral and spiritual things. We are a God-fearing people who should set ourselves against evil and strive for righteousness in living, and observing the Golden Rule we should from our abundance help and serve those less fortunately placed. We should bow in gratitude to God for His many favors.

Now, therefore, I, Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States, do hereby set apart Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November next as a day of general thanksgiving and prayer, and I recommend that on that day the people shall cease from their daily work, and in their homes or in their accustomed places of worship, devoutly give thanks to the Almighty for the many and great blessings they have received, and to seek His guidance that they may deserve a continuance of His favor.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this 26th day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and fiftieth.

—Calvin Coolidge


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