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WJLA, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving turkey pardons: A history of the presidential tradition

The annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation has not always been a pardon. In fact, the tradition of 'pardoning' a turkey only began in 1989. Before that, turkeys were presented to presidents, but they weren't necessarily spared.

One of the first

The tradition of pardoning a turkey before every Thanksgiving began in 1989. Here's George H. W. Bush granting leniency to one bird.

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