The tradition of a turkey being pardoned by a U.S. president for Thanksgiving has evolved over the decades.

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Turkey growers have sent the birds to the White House since 1873, partly as a way to assure their product endured as the Thanksgiving centerpiece. Kennedy became the first U.S. President to grant a

reprieve to a Thanksgiving turkey.

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