Correspondence Regarding the Date of Thanksgiving, 1939

Correspondence Regarding the Date of Thanksgiving, 1939

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THE STANWOOD-HILLSON CORPORATION
Calendars and Advertising Novelties
BROOKLINE MASS

September 8, 1939

His Excellency, The Governor
Tallahassee, Florida

My dear Governor:
We are herewith enclosing copies of some recent correspondence which we have had with the White House in regard to the proposed change of the Thanksgiving date.
We thought that you might find this of some interest since we understand that each governor has the authority to issue the Thanksgiving proclamation for his own state.

Very truly yours,
THE STANWOOD-HILLSON CORP.

SH:JD

Source

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

Description

Letters between Russell M. Searle, E.J. Barklow, President Franklin Roosevelt, S. Hillson, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Florida Governor Fred P. Cone regarding the Thanksgiving proclamation made by President Roosevelt moving the date of the holiday up one week.

Date

1939

Creator

Barklow, E.J.

Hillson, S.

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962

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.