This Day in History January 26, 1784

By Ruth on January 26, 2015 in American history, history

Benjamin Franklin It was on this date in 1784 that one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, wrote a letter to his daughter that explained his preference for the wild turkey instead of the bald eagle as our national bird.  While this may sound absurd to us today, things were a little different back then, and Franklin made some potentially valid points.bald eagleYou make the decision. Turkey or bald eagle? I would choose the bald eagle, but Franklin found the turkey a much more noble bird.

Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

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  1. Katie Heath January 28, 2015 Reply

    Hmmm I did not know this! Thanks for the article!
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  2. Richard Hicks January 29, 2015 Reply

    Franklin was quite the man of his time. Learn something new about him all the time

  3. Robin Creager June 5, 2017 Reply

    Very interesting. Makes one wonder what we would’ve had for Thanksgiving as the main course? I too am glad its the eagle.

  4. Cheryl Everitt July 11, 2017 Reply

    I am reading a book about Benjamin Franklin. He was a man of varying views. I can see him requesting
    the turkey which is interesting. Thank you.

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