Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey the national bird of the United States

       
Posted Jul 04, by OMG Facts

\"\" Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey the national bird of the United States.

Here is an excerpt from a letterFranklin sent to his daughter that expresses this desire:

\"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.\"

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