November 7, 1876
Columbus, Ohio

Under the favor of Divine Providence, the people of Ohio during the past year have been greatly blessed.  Their harvests have been abundant; health and peace have dwelt by their firesides; law and order have been maintained;  education has been free to all the youth of the State, and civil liberty and the consolations of religion have been enjoyed undisturbed.

For all these blessings we should be filled with gratitude to Almighty God.  Now, therefore, in conformity with the wise usage established by our fathers, I, RUTHERFORD B. HAYES, Governor of the State of Ohio, do hereby designate Thursday, the 30th day of November, A.D. 1876, as a day of thanksgiving to God, and to recommend that on that day the people abstain from their usual avocations, and devote themselves to appropriate expressions of rejoicing and thankfulness, not forgetting out of their abundance to succor the needy and comfort the unfortunate.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Ohio to be affixed, at Columbus, the 7th day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six, and in the one hundred and first year of the Independence of the United States of America.