The Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon Used to Be a Massacre

by Katherine Spiers
I know this story is one that would normally published in November, but I’m interested in it now. You’ll remember enough of it in six months to use it for party banter.

Did you know that Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon in the White House? This came about when a Mississippi farmer sent the animal to President Coolidge in an attempt to make raccoon meat the main event in the American Thanksgiving dinner. The Coolidges said no thank you, but did keep her around during their administration. (They named her Rebecca!)

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