Abraham Lincoln Proclaims a Day of of Prayer

20 October 1864

On October 20 the president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed "the last Thursday in November next, as a day . . . of thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the universe." It was a day for humility and pleading with God for "peace, union, and harmony throughout the land" (RH, Nov. 8, 1864).