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Washington’s January 1, 1795 Thanksgiving Proclamation

American History, Presidential Proclamations, Thanksgiving

ListenBecause nearly all American colonies under British control had established state churches,[1] America's Founding Fathers were not willing to raise issues that would unnecessarily divide them in their efforts to establish a stable government. For this reason, a promise was made not to establish a federal or national church when writing the Constitution and amended Bill of Rights. However, as the following proclamation demonstrates, America's Founders were not ashamed of their Christian Faith. The history behind the proclamation and its observance by President Washington will deepen the...Read more... Read more... -->

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"I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same in substance equal in power and glory. That the scriptures of the old and new testaments are a revelation from God, and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. "
– Roger Sherman
Boutell, Life of Roger Sherman, 272
Sherman was the only person to sign all four founding documents
"I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as satisfied that it is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament. "
– Dr. Benjamin Rush
Letters of Benjamin Rush, 1:475
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