Which bird did Benjamin Franklin favor for America’s national emblem?
– Red-tailed Hawk
Answer: Benjamin Franklin, who proposed the turkey as the official United States’ bird, was dismayed when the bald eagle was chosen over the turkey. Franklin wrote to his daughter, referring to the eagle’s “bad moral character,” saying, “I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country! The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.” Nevertheless, the bald eagle became the National emblem in 1782 when the great seal of the United States was adopted.