Mary Had A Little Turkey

So what does the famous children’s nursery rhyme, “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” and the holiday of Thanksgiving have in common?

None other than Sarah Hale.

Sarah Josepha Buell was born on October 24, 1788 in Newport, New Hampshire.  While working as a schoolteacher in 1811, her father opened a tavern called The Rising Sun in Newport; she met David Hale the same year. The couple married at The Rising Sun, on October 23, 1813, and had five children together.

She became the editor of American Ladie’s Magazine and, later, Godey’s Lady Book.  She enjoyed writing and was the creator of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”

Mrs. Hale was also credited with persuading President Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving into a national holiday.

She died on August 30, 1879 at the age of 90 when her “fleece” was white as snow.

And that’s no turkey!

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