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Which US president refused to support a Thanksgiving holiday because of its religious connections?

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November 21, 2008 7:54PM

Thanksgiving was observed annually in the New England area sporadically during the early years under England's rule. However it wasn't until 1789 that the first national Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by George Washington. And, even after that precedent, this practice was not carried on by succeeding presidents. It is claimed that Thomas Jefferson condemned it during his two terms. In 1863 Abraham Lincoln established a yearly national holiday.