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The oldest person to sign
the Declaration of Independence criticized the national
as an alternative?
Things to think about as you get started
Can you find a list of signers
of the Declaration of Independence?
Can you find their ages?
How to find the answer
Search [oldest person sign Declaration
of Independence] to find Benjamin Franklin. Search [Benjamin Franklin national emblem]. Find that he suggested the wild turkey as an alternative to the bald eagle.
Background and further discussion
In a letter to his daughter some years later, Franklin wrote: "For my own part
I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly....
He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country...
The Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird
of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."