Historical Documents

Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1933

By Franklin D. Roosevelt – 11/21/1933
A national Thanksgiving Proclamation, issued by Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, on November 21, 1933.
Proclamation – Lincoln Day – 1919, Massachusetts

By Calvin Coolidge – 01/30/1919
A statewide Lincoln Day Proclamation, issued by Calvin Coolidge on January 30, 1919, while serving as Governor of Massachusetts.
Woodrow Wilson on the Christian Men’s Association

By Woodrow Wilson – 10/24/1914
A speech given by President Woodrow Wilson on the Christian Men’s Association on October 24, 1914.
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1909

By William H. Taft – 11/15/1909
A national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, issued by William H. Taft, President of the United States on November 15, 1909.
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1899, New Hampshire

By Frank West Rollins – 10/27/1899
A Thanksgiving Day proclamation issued by Frank West Rollins, the Governor of New Hampshire, on October 27, 1899.
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1887

By Grover Cleveland – 10/25/1887
The text of a handwritten Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer, issued by Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, on October 25, 1887.
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1871

By Ulysses S. Grant – 10/28/1871
A National Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States, on October 28, 1871.
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1863

By Abraham Lincoln – 10/03/1863
A national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, issued by Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, on October 3, 1863.
General Order Respecting the Observance of the Sabbath

By Abraham Lincoln – 11/15/1862
President Lincoln quoted from two separate General Orders by George Washington in this 1862 General Order issued during the height of the Civil War.
Proclamation – Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer – 1860

By James Buchanan – 12/14/1860
A National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer Proclamation issued by James Buchanan, President of the United States, on December 14, 1860.
James Garfield Letter

By James A. Garfield – 02/16/1858
“James Garfield, the twentieth President of the United States, recounted the results of a revival he just preached in this 1858 letter.”
American Bible Society Certificate Signed by John Jay

05/21/1827
First Chief-Justice John Jay signed this membership certificate as President of the American Bible Society.
Charles Carroll Letter

By Charles Carroll – 09/27/1825
Signer of the Declaration Charles Carroll expressed his strong faith in the redeeming power of Christ in this letter.
Proclamation-Thanksgiving Day-1822, New Hampshire

By Richard Bartlett – 10/28/1822
A Thanksgiving Day proclamation issued by Samuel Bell, Governor of New Hampshire, on October 28, 1822.
Proclamation- Thanksgiving Day- 1813, Massachusetts

By Caleb Strong – 10/08/1813
A proclamation for a day of Thanksgiving issued by Caleb Strong Governor of Massachusetts on October 8, 1813.
Proclamation – Humiliation and Prayer – 1812

By James Madison – 07/09/1812
A national Humiliation and Prayer Proclamation, issued by President James Madison on July 9, 1812; Also Four Hymns to accompany this day of national Humiliation and Prayer.
Proclamation- Thanksgiving Day- 1811, Massachusetts

By Elbridge Gerry – 10/22/1811
A Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Elbridge Gerry, governor of Massachusetts, on October 22, 1811.
John Adams Letter to Benjamin Rush

By John Adams – 12/21/1809
This is a letter from John Adams to Benjamin Rush in response to a letter Rush had sent him on October 17, 1809 in which he shared with him a dream about Adams reconciling with Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson Document

By Thomas Jefferson – 09/24/1807
An original document with Thomas Jefferson’s signature that includes “in the year of our Lord Christ, 1807.”
Proclamation – Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer – 1807, Connecticut

By Jonathan Trumbull – 02/20/1807
“A statewide Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer Proclamation issued by Jonathan Trumbull on February 20, 1807, while serving as Governor of Connecticut.”
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1805, New Hampshire

By John Langdon – 10/10/1805
A Thanksgiving Day Proclamation issued by John Langdon, Governor of New Hampshire, on October 10, 1805.
Proclamation – Fasting and Prayer – 1798

By John Adams – 03/23/1798
“President John Adams issued a national fasting and prayer proclamation on March 23, 1798.”
Proclamation- Thanksgiving Day- 1795, Massachusetts

By Samuel Adams – 10/14/1795
A Thanksgiving Day Proclamation issued by Samuel Adams, Governor of Massachusetts, on October 14, 1795.
Proclamation – Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer – 1795, Massachusetts

By Samuel Adams – 02/28/1795
“A statewide Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer Proclamation issued by Samuel Adams on February 28, 1795, while serving as Governor of Massachusetts.”
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1795

By George Washington – 01/01/1795
Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by George Washington, President of the United States, on January 1, 1795.
Jacob Broom Letter

By Jacob Broom – 02/24/1794
“Signer of the Constitution Jacob Broom reminds his son ‘to be a Christian.'”
Samuel Chase Document

By Samuel Chase – 02/01/1794
A document signed by Samuel Chase, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, verifying that a person took an oath declaring his belief in the Christian religion.
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1793, New Hampshire

By Josiah Bartlett – 10/05/1793
A Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, issued by Josiah Bartlett, Governor of New Hampshire, on October 5, 1793.
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1791, New Jersey

By William Paterson – 11/21/1791
A Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, issued by William Paterson, Governor of New Jersey, on November 21, 1791.
Proclamation- Thanksgiving Day- 1791, Massachusetts

By John Hancock – 10/05/1791
A Thanksgiving Day Proclamation issued by John Hancock, governor of Massachusetts on October 5, 1791.
Election Sermon

By Daniel Foster – 05/26/1790
An Election Sermon preached before John Hancock and Samuel Adams.
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1789

By George Washington – 10/03/1789
“A national Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by George Washington, President of the United States, on October 3, 1789.”
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1788, Connecticut

By Samuel Huntington – 10/03/1788
A Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, issued by Samuel Huntington, Governor of Connecticut, on October 3, 1788.
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1782

By John Hanson – 10/11/1782
A Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving issued by John Hanson, president of the Continental Congress, on October 11, 1782.
Aitken Bible

09/12/1782
“Prior to the American Revolution, the only English Bibles in the colonies were imported either from Europe or England. Robert Aitken’s Bible was the first known English-language Bible to be printed in America, and also the only Bible to receive Congressi
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1781

By Thomas McKean – 10/26/1781
A proclamation issued by Thomas McKean, while serving as President of Congress, on October 26, 1781.
Proclamation – Thanksgiving Day – 1777

By Continental Congress – 11/01/1777
A national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, issued by the Continental Congress, on November 1, 1777.
The Declaration of Independence

07/04/1776
The Constitution of the United States of America
Benjamin Rush Personal Bible Study

By Benjamin Rush
Signer of the Declaration Benjamin Rush categorized scriptures under various topics and made these handwritten notes for use in his personal study of the Bible.
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