FUN FACTS: PRESIDENTIAL PETS
- •John Quincy AdamsAdams kept an alligator (a gift) in the East Room for several months.
- •Benjamin HarrisonMr. Reciprocity and Mr. Protection were Harrison’s pet opossums.
- •Theodore RooseveltThe Roosevelt family kept a menagerie that included a macaw named Eli Yale, a badger named Josiah (who apparently was a biter but not of faces), horses, dogs, cats, snakes, and a small bear, in addition to an assortment of guinea pigs (named Admiral Dewey, Bishop Doane, Bob Evans, Dr. Johnson, and Father O’Grady).
- •Calvin CoolidgeCalvin and Grace Coolidge had a small zoo at the White House that included dogs, cats, and birds, along with a wallaby, a pygmy hippo, and lion cubs named Tax Reduction and Budget Bureau.