Letter from James M. Phillips to Governor Fred P. Cone Regarding the Date of Thanksgiving, October 10, 1939

Letter from James M. Phillips to Governor Fred P. Cone Regarding the Date of Thanksgiving, October 10, 1939

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Phillips Hardware Company
MARINE BUILDERS AND HOUSEHOLD HARDWARE
YACT SUPPLIES
FISHING TACKLE
PAINTS AND OILS
301-303 NO. MIAMI AVE.
MIAMI, FLORIDA 
October 10, 1939
Hon. Fred P. Cone, Governor, 
Tallahassee, Florida
Dear Governor:
You have no doubt received a number of letters, some of same from the heads of one or more of our Civic organizations, requesting that you change Thanksgiving Day from November 30th to November 23rd.
You have already proclaimed November 30th as Thanksgiving Day for the State of Florida and we sincerely hope you will abide by your original proclamation and make no change.
We are certain that you are correct in the day chosen and we want you to know that by no means do all the merchants of our state want the date changed.
Yours very truly,
PHILLIPS HARDWARE COMPANY
[Signature] James M. Phillips, President
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Source

State Archives of Florida: Series 368, Box 91, Folder 5

Description

James M. Phillips of Phillips Hardware Company expressing support for the governor's proclamation that Thanksgiving be November 30, 1939, rather than November 23, 1939.

Date

October 10, 1939

Creator

Phillips, James M.

Format

Letters (correspondence)

Coverage

Depression Era Florida (1926-1940)

General Note

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation moving the Thanksgiving holiday from the last Thursday of November to the second to last Thursday of the month to extend the holiday shopping season. The holiday was changed from November 30, the last day of the month, to November 23. Thirty-two states issued similar proclamations, but 16 states refused to make the change. Florida Governor Fred P. Cone decided not to move the date forward and left the holiday on its traditional day. The governor's decision received both praise and opposition, with many wanting to keep with tradition, while others criticized the governor for creating confusion throughout the state. Many Florida organizations chose one date to celebrate the holiday, while others recognized both days as Thanksgiving. The dispute remained unresolved in 1940 and 1941. The issue was finally settled on December 26, 1941, when President Roosevelt signed a joint resolution declaring the fourth Thursday in November as the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday.