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By Mary Wolbach Lopert

Ben Franklin liked the turkey better


February 2, 2019

Bill Ringer

A regal eagle.

While it’s a myth that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey as our national bird, he did think that the turkey was “a more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America.”

As for the bald eagle, he believed that the “Bald Eagle… is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too l...

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