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The History of Four Pens
Through the years, the Fraternal Order of Eagles has encouraged programs and legislation that benefit many Americans — especially the young and old. The “Four Pens” are the actual instruments three United States presidents and a governor used to sign the documents that made these programs a reality. Each of these pens, which is displayed at the F.O.E. International Headquarters in Grove City, Ohio was presented to the F.O.E. by the legislator who signed the bill or measure.
Old Age Pensions
“You Eagles have planted this seed…if the Eagles of the United States never do anything else, they have more than justified their existence in their advocacy of this great humanitarian movement.”
Gov. Joseph M. Dixon, Governor of Montana, signing into law America’s first old age pension law (1923)
“The pen I am presenting the Order is a symbol of my approval of the Fraternity’s vision and courage. May its possession inspire your members to dedicate their efforts and those of the Fraternity…to bring a greater degree of happiness to our people.”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, on the occasion of the signing of the Social Security Act (1935).
Jobs After 40
“The Eagles started this whole idea. That is why I invited the Eagles to be at this private bill signing, and the reason I am presenting this pen to the Fraternal Order of Eagles.”
President Lyndon B. Johnson, signing the federal “Jobs After 40” bill, outlawing upper age limits in hiring.
“For your energetic and dedicated espousal of social justices, and for the generous support you have given to all measures designed to further economic opportunity and the compassionate treatment of the sick and disabled.”
President Lyndon B. Johnson, in a message to the Eagles on the signing of the Medicare amendment to the Social Security Act