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Who was the first president to establish Thanksgiving?


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October 15, 2011 5:53PM

President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, in 1863, a national Thanksgiving day for the last Thursday in November. he hoped that having a national celebration would help re-unify the North and the South .Thanksgiving days were celebrated since the beginning of America but before 1863, states set their dates for Thanksgiving.

In 1941, Franklin Roosevelt got Congress to move the date to always be the fourth Thursday in November