Each Thanksgiving holiday, the President of the United States spares the life of a turkey. Which President informally began the tradition of pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving?

A. Alexander Hamilton

B. Harry S. Truman

C. John F. Kennedy

D. George Washington


The tradition began with President John F. Kennedy, even though President Truman is often thought to have been the creator of the tradition after crates of live turkeys were sent to the White House in protest of “poultry free Thursdays” (which, in 1947 post World War II, the government encouraged). Alexander Hamilton, currently off-the-charts in popularity thanks to the Broadway musical Hamilton (tickets are $1000 each by the way), was not a president. And George Washington probably dined on too many turkeys to be in a position of pardoning them.

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