Abraham Lincoln

Why Did Abraham Lincoln Pardon a Turkey?

<p>President Trump pardoned the Thanksgiving turkey yesterday, continuing a long and surprising tradition.</p> <p>Such clemency apparently began with President Lincoln in 1863. Two years later, a White House reporter noted that “a live turkey had been brought home for the Christmas dinner.” However, Lincoln’s son Tad “interceded in behalf of its life . . . [his] plea was admitted and the turkey’s life spared.”</p>