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Presidents & Their Pets   Pet Talk

Started 4/14/18 by PennyCC; 567 views.

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3rd President

Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

Dick the Mockingbird was the name of one of U.S. president Thomas Jefferson's pet birds. Although presidents before him also had pets, Jefferson is thought to be "the first president to have a pet [that lived] in the White House..." Prior to his term in the Oval Office, Jefferson bought his first mockingbird from a slave for five shillings. Birds were Jefferson’s favorite animal. During his time in the White House Jefferson wrote observations on the types of birds that he spotted in the area. In a letter to a friend he wrote, "I sincerely congratulate you on the arrival of the mockingbird. Teach all the children to venerate it as a superior being which will haunt them if any harm is done to itself or its eggs."[wikipedia]

In an October 1807 letter to President Thomas Jefferson that accompanied a gift of two grizzly bear cubs, Capt. Zebulon Pike wrote that the bears were of “a different species of bear from that found in the East” and that they were considered to be the “most ferocious animals of the continent.”

According to the book Jefferson and the Gun-Men: How the West Was Almost Lost, by M.R. Montgomery and Peter Gandy, Pike had purchased the two cubs from an Indian man. The bears were carried by horseback hundreds of miles to Washington.

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4th President

James Madison (1809-1817)

James Madison and his wife Dolley served as the nation’s 4th President and First Lady. Their time was an exciting one, as it was during this time period that both the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were drafted, with Madison famously playing key roles in both. On the home front Dolley earned a bit of fame herself, but not just for politics – for her macaw parrot.

Dolley’s parrot, Polly, would often perch on her shoulder as she went about her daily life. She would often greet people in the Reception Room at the White House with her parrot, which she used as a conversation-starter for visitors who were too timid to spark up conversation first. Polly was popular with adults and youngsters alike – children would often gather outside the Madisons’ home to watch Dolley and Polly through the windows, and to the delight of the children Dolley would often get Polly to speak for them.

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6th President

John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

Well, apparently if you are a French general who led troops alongside George Washington and fought in several crucial battles including the Battle of Brandywine in Pennsylvania and the Battle of Yorktown in Virginia, you bring the animal with you to the White House.

Unfortunately, we don’t know what President and Mrs. John Quincy Adams’s initial reactions were to this unusual re-gifting. (Where’s YouTube when you need it?)

However, we do know that President Adams did what any president should do: He lodged the gator in the White House’s unfinished East Room and its nearby bathtub.

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Top Ten Strangest Presidential Pets

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7th President

Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

Andrew Jackson named one of his favorite horses, Sam Patch, after one of America’s first celebrities. ...

Sam Patch was one of the residents of the new brick White House stables Jackson had built during his presidency. His racehorse Truxton likely was another.

Why did Jackson have new stables built? After the British burned the White House in 1814, a temporary wood frame stable was constructed near the rebuilt East Wing. James Monroe moved the stables near the West Wing in 1819.

But when Jackson brought his collection of horses and racehorses to the White House, those stables were overflowing, so he asked Congress to approve construction of a freestanding brick stable trimmed with sandstone about 100 yards east of the East Wing, at a cost of about $3,600.

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A list of pets owned by Andrew Jackson:

  • Sam Patch, horse
  • Emily, Lady Nashville and Bolivia, racing fillies
  • Thruxton, a champion racehorse
  • Ponies
  • Poll, a parrot that was taught to swear
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8th President

Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)

While not as passionate about horses as Jackson, Martin van Buren did enjoy riding and maintained the stables during his term in office. But Van Buren’s most notable pets had paws instead of hooves. Early in his Presidency, Van Buren received a gift from Kabul al Said, the Sultan of Oman – a pair of tiger cubs. He was delighted with the pair, and began making adjustments to add them to his household.

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9th President

William Henry Harrison (1841)

When Martin van Buren’s term ended, William Henry Harrison took over as the country’s 9th President. Unfortunately, Harrison has the distinction of being this country’s shortest acting President. He took the oath of office on March 4th, 1841, and died exactly one month later – April 4th, 1841 of what is suspected to have been septic shock from enteric fever.

During his brief time in office, Harrison owned a pet of sorts – a cow named Sukey. While it might seem odd for a President to own a cow, when Harrison was in office times were quite different and cows were commonplace. Many households owned one or more cows for the milk and meat that they provided.

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