Did Ben Franklin Really Want the Turkey to Be the National Bird?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group S-96414

Did Ben Franklin Really Want the Turkey to Be the National Bird?

Ben Franklin was quite the guy.    Not only was he one of the founding fathers of the USA that we know and love today, but he is the person that that the town of Franklin, MA was named after.   <a href="http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=27568&picture=turkey">Turkey</a> by Peter Griffin

25 years ago, when I started selling real estate in Franklin MA, and as I was familiarizing myself with the community, I stumbled upon the story of Ben Franklin and the first public library.    Now, every child that has grown up in the town of Franklin has heard the story.  

Since learning it, I have delighted in telling the tale to every person that has had the pleasure of having a guided tour of the town in my car.  As we pass the town library, I begin the story.   I love to see folks eyes light up at the thought of Ben sending books instead of a bell.   You have to admit it is a pretty interesting story, right?

As legendary as that story is, Ben's thoughts on the Turkey instead of the Bald Eagle becoming a National symbol has become legendary as well.  

The thought of a turkey attacking a Redcoat simply makes me smile.  

To tell you the truth thought, the thought of having turkey for dinner on this coming Thursday also makes me smile.    I am grateful that he shared his thoughts with just his daughter!  

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

Comments (12)

Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Carol Ann, I never connected your town, Franklin MA, with Ben Franklin (sometimes I can be a little "thick")  Happy Thanksgiving to you, Al and your family.

Nov 18, 2012 10:40 AM
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Who knew it was famous Ben that the town was named after!  I followed your link and read the little story too, what an interesting twist with the books - if they didn't appreciate it at first hopefully they came to appreciate his contribution over time!

Nov 18, 2012 11:22 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Christine.   Thank you, and back at you.  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Nov 18, 2012 10:14 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Brenda.  The library here is a big thing.   The books are there too.   Thanks for checking it out!

Nov 18, 2012 10:15 PM
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Carol Ann~

 

I've been away from my computer with back strain- now improving! AND today I got to read this post. I had to smile, too. THANK YOU. BIG SUGGEST and a TWEET.

Nov 18, 2012 10:47 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Carol Ann, what insight you have this morning on Ben Franklin...the keeper of good things!

Nov 18, 2012 10:58 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Delightful and timely. When I get more time, you've piqued my interest in reading more about Ben. I'll follow the link. ;) Hope you're looking forward to a wonderful Turkey Day Cal Gal.

Nov 18, 2012 11:49 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Now that is interesting.  Never knew his thoughts on the eagle vs. the turkey.  I am definitely sharing this over the table this Thanksgiving.

Nov 19, 2012 01:56 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi janeAnne.   Hope you are feeling better soon!!!

Nov 19, 2012 08:49 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Ginny.  I love Ben!

Nov 19, 2012 08:49 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Debb.   Ben Franklin was such an interesting guy!   I love every thing I learn about him!

Nov 19, 2012 08:50 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Chris Ann.   haha.  I might do the same thing!  

Nov 19, 2012 08:50 AM