Seventy-five years ago, Connecticut Gov. Wilbur Cross recorded his Thanksgiving Proclamation in the first sound film ever made by a governor of the state.  Cross, a Democrat, grew up in the farming community of Mansfield and went on to become professor of English at Yale, editor of the Yale Review and dean of the Yale Graduate School — whereupon, at the age of 68, he ran for governor of the state and was elected to four 2-year terms. I doubt there’s ever been a Thanksgiving Proclamation like this one, available courtesy of the Connecticut State Library.

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Mark Silk

Mark Silk

Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life.

2 Comments

  1. Virginia Child

    I love it! Thanks for posting; it’s a treat to hear Wilbur Cross. My personal favorite of his proclamations is the one for 1936. We print it each year in the church’s Thanksgiving Sunday bulletin. One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the Thanksgiving Eve service in Woodstock and hearing the Governor’s proclamation read (not, I think, always Wilbur Cross’s proclamations, but the current governors). Alas, there seem to be no more of them.

  2. William Barnett

    I mean no disrespect, but I wonder how many Connecticut citizens today could understand what Governor Cross was saying or, even, how many current governors in these United States today could compose such a proclamation without considerable assistance.

    Thanks, Mark.

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