October 25, 1869

Columbus, Ohio

The President of the United States has set apart Thursday, the 18th day of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving to the God of Nations for His blessings during the past year.

Ohio, behind none in blessings should be behind none in gratitude.

With health, plenty and peace, our population has steadily increased; our industry has been rewarded with abundance; our public schools and other means of education have borne a year’s rich fruitage; and the religion of the Bible has blessed and cheered us all:

Therefore, I, RUTHERFORD B. HAYES, Governor of the State of Ohio, in compliance with the religious sentiment of the people, and the good custom of our fathers, do appoint Thursday, the 18th day of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving, and recommend all the citizens of the State, on that day to lay aside their ordinary pursuits; to assemble in their sanctuaries for prayer and praise, and to remember in their worship and at their homes the poor and the sorrowing. For God hath said “whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me.” “He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker, but he that honoreth Him, hath mercy on the poor.”

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the Great Seal of the State of Ohio to be affixed, at Columbus, this 25th day of October, A. D. 1869.