Sarah Josepha Hale Bobblehead
Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879), a native of Newport, New Hampshire, is credited with influencing President Abraham Lincoln to issue a Thanksgiving Day Proclamation to help heal the wounds of a war-torn nation. She is also author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Author, social reformer, and editor of two national magazines, Hale was relentless in her almost 40-year letter-writing campaign encouraging governors and presidents to proclaim Thanksgiving an observed holiday. In 1863 Lincoln issued the Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, laying the groundwork for the national holiday celebrated today. Thanksgiving Day was observed by the nation thereafter, although it would not become a legal holiday until 1941. The limiited-edition bobblehead measures 6" high.