President Truman, November 16, 1949
Rumors and mythmakers thrust the clemency onto Harry S. Truman, but it’s true. The pardoning of Tom Turkey can be traced to Abraham Lincoln, believe or not! In 1865, Tad pleaded on behalf of a holiday turkey and his father granted clemency. The moment was reported by White House dispatcher Noah Brooks.
Turkeys were donated from a Rhode Island poultry dealer, Horace Vose. The tradition began in 1870, and held until his death. In 1921, Harding Girls Club in Chicago outfitted the turkey as a flying ace, complete with in 1925.
First Lady Grace Coolidge accepted a turkey from a Vermont Girl Scout
Harry Truman was the first president to receive a turkey from the poultry and egg board. There was some kind of ‘thing’ going on from September to November 1947, about ‘poultryless Thursday’, and the White House was flooded with chickens. ‘Hens for Harry’. Truman then decided to promote the industry, and he got two turkeys in December 1948. He said, ‘They’d come in handy’.
President Kennedy said, “Let’s keep him going.” The pardoning didn’t jell until 1989 when President George H. W. Bush.
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