On September 21, 1897, the most famous editorial in all of US History was published in The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time.
Virginia O'Hanlon, an 8 year old girl, asked her father Dr Philip O'Hanlon, a corone4r's assistant, if Santa Claus really existed. Dr O'Hanlon encouraged his daughter to write to The Sun, assuring her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so."
Virginia's question was answered by Francis Pharcellus Church and ran in 7th place on the editorial page. More than a century later it still remains the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the English language. All those that read it, both then and today, have found its message extremely moving and uplifting. This wonderful editorial has appeared in books, movies and other media across the globe.
Francis Pharcellus Church
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