Which president was the first to pardon a turkey?

The answer is not as simple as one might expect.

George H. W, Bush was the first to grant an actual presidential pardon to the

turkey presented to him at Thanksgiving by the national turkey foundation in 1989.

Harry Truman may have been given a turkey in 1947 but there is no record that he pardoned it -- he quite likely gave it to someone to kill and eat.

John F Kennedy spared a Thanksgiving turkey that he was given, but he did not refer to the act as granting a pardon.

Legend says that Abraham Lincoln pardoned a Christmas Turkey at the request of his son Tad. It may or may not have actually happened.