What was the national bird before the bald eagle?

What did Thomas Jefferson want the national bird to be?

What did Thomas Jefferson want the national bird to be? Apparently TJ wanted an eagle on the seal, and Franklin wanted a turkey – TJ obviously having prevailed.

What was the national animal before the bald eagle?

Bison to become first national mammal, joining bald eagle as American symbol.

Who chose the national bird?

The Second Continental Congress selected the Bald Eagle as the U. S. National Symbol on June 20, 1782.

Who didn’t want bald eagle?

Why didn’t Benjamin Franklin want the American eagle to be the national symbol? January 26, 1784 — Today, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as America’s symbol, It was a year and a half after the Great Seal was adopted by Congress (on June 20, 1782) with the American Bald Eagle as its centerpiece.

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