Sarah Hale

Sarah Josepha Hale was the editor of Godey's Lady's Book, the most influential American magazine published in the 19th century, for forty years. With this role, Hale became the final and definitive resource on national taste for decades, and she wrote over fifty books. Among her numerous significant contributions to American culture, Hale is credited with making Thanksgiving a national holiday, helping to found Vassar College, penning "Mary Had a Little Lamb", and encouraging the higher education of women. She died in 1879 at the age of 91.

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