Table of Contents
- 1 Which founding father wanted the turkey to be the US national bird rather than an eagle?
- 2 Who wanted the national bird of the United States to be a turkey?
- 3 Did Thomas Jefferson want the national bird to be a turkey?
- 4 How was National Bird chosen?
- 5 What was America’s first national bird?
- 6 What is the national bird of the country turkey?
Which founding father wanted the turkey to be the US national bird rather than an eagle?
The story about Benjamin Franklin wanting the National Bird to be a turkey is just a myth. This false story began as a result of a letter Franklin wrote to his daughter criticizing the original eagle design for the Great Seal, saying that it looked more like a turkey.
Who wanted the national bird of the United States to be a turkey?
If you do a web search for “turkey fun facts,” invariably the “fact” that Ben Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be our national bird instead of the bald eagle will come up.
Did Thomas Jefferson want the national bird to be a turkey?
After the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, it next tasked Benjamin Franklin—along with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson—with designing a seal to represent the new country. Given the opportunity to choose a national symbol, the Founding Father never suggested a turkey.
Why did Benjamin Franklin want Turkey?
Besides electricity, Franklin had a vested interest in the birds. Popular lore suggests he wanted the wild turkey rather than the bald eagle—both animals native to North America—to be named the national bird of the United States.
What was going to be the US bird?
The bald eagle’s role as a national symbol is linked to its 1782 landing on the Great Seal of the United States.
How was National Bird chosen?
In 1963, the peacock was declared the National Bird of India because of its rich religious and legendary involvement in Indian traditions. The criteria for this choice were many. The bird must be well-distributed within the country so it could truly ‘national’. It should be associated with Indian myths and legends.
What was America’s first national bird?
the bald eagle
The Founding Fathers made an appropriate choice when they selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the nation. The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird aptly symbolizes the strength and freedom of America.
What is the national bird of the country turkey?
The eagle remained our national symbol. In truth, both the turkey and the bald eagle are native to the Americas.