The History of Four Pens.
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.