who was known as "The Godmother of Thanksgiving?"

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Her name was Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale.  On September 28, 1863 with the approach of the Civil War, Sarah sent a letter to U. S. President Lincoln explaining her believed that a National Day of Thanksgiving would draw families and the nation closer together. At the time, she was editor of the famed Godey Ladies Magazine, and she encouraged her readers to write their own letters, effectively lobbying the president.  President Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day, and it has continued to this day in the United States.

You can read the letter by Sarah Josepha Hale in her biography on WikiTree Bruell-648.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you from the U.S., but we can all give thanks with a grateful heart - no matter where we live.

P.S. check the relationship finder.  I just did and found out we are fifth cousins six times removed!  ;-)
WikiTree profile: Sarah Hale
in The Tree House by Cheryl Skordahl G2G6 Pilot (230k points)

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very interesting Thanksgiving story.
by S Stevenson G2G6 Pilot (113k points)
selected by Cheryl Skordahl
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Hi Cheryl,

Sarah and I are 9th cousins, 5 times removed.  Quite a bit more distant than you are to her.
by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
Hi back, David.  That relationship is quite an interesting tool, isn't it.  So much fun to have it available on WT.
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So basically it was Union propaganda to help people forget that Virginia was already a well-established colony before the Mayflower arrived.
by Anonymous Horace G2G6 Pilot (569k points)
RJ,  that is not the conclusion I was hoping you would draw.

And, I'm bowing out,  not going to fight the civil war with you...   :-)

Happy Thanksgiving.

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