January 26 – date Franklin sent letter about turkey instead of eagle for national bird

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January 26, 1784 — Ben Franklin wanted turkey instead of eagle for America’s National Bird.

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On January 26, 1784, Benjamin Franklin sent a letter to his daugher in which he expressed his displeasure with the choice of the eagle for the symbol of America. Franklin wanted the turkey.

franklins letter about turkey over eagle

We agree with Franklin. Turkeys are duller than eagles, we think. Turkeys are more stable, methodical, and reliable. Unlike eagles, turkeys are grounded — no soaring.

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