Potato Fact #213

Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, approximately 100 years after the first Thanksgiving feast, which consisted largely of meat without potatoes (they hadn’t been introduced to North America yet). Mashed potatoes and other traditional Thanksgiving dishes were popularized by Godey’s Lady’s Book Editor Sarah Josepha Hale, whose 13-year campaign of recipes and presidential lobbying successfully solidified Thanksgiving as an American tradition.