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Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

By: Russell McLendon on Nov. 15, 2018, 5:02 p.m.
President Richard Nixon stands alongside a turkey that will not receive a pardon in 1969.

Photo: National Archives and Records Administration/Wikimedia Commons

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Is this turkey a crook?

President Richard Nixon accepted a Thanksgiving turkey from members of the National Turkey Federation in this Nov. 18, 1969 photo. Nixon issued a total of 926 presidential pardons to humans during his six-year presidency — including labor leader Jimmy Hoffa and mobster Angelo DeCarlo — but did not pardon this turkey.