The noble turkey! How much fun would THAT have been?
Benjamin Franklin felt the turkey had far more noble qualities than the Bald Eagle. Of the Bald Eagle, he wrote:
... he is a bird of bad moral character, he does not get his living honestly... Besides he is a rank coward; the little kingbird, not bigger than a sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district.
Yet, of the turkey, he wrote:
...the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America . . . a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards, who should presume to invade his farmyard with a red coat on.
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Benjamin Franklin did.
Because he thought that it was a noble bird.
Benjamin Franklin felt that the behavior of the bald eagle was ignoble, and therefore prefered that the wild turkey be chosen as the new country's national symbol.
Stumped, however - Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey.
Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence and wanted the turkey as the national bird.
It was actually the national bird and it was the year of 1789.
AnswerBenjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird, but he technically was not a president.Answerthe Turky is the national birdBenjamin Franklyn recommended the Turkey as a "Noble Bird" while the Eagle was a scavenger. Ben Franklin was, however, never the president
Benjamin Franklin. Franklin lobbied for the wild turkey, a wily and clever bird as the national symbol, and Franklin had great powers of persuasion. When the vote was taken, the bald eagle won, but only by one vote.
wasn't a president, it was Benjamin Franklin