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First Pets: Four-Legged or Feathered Friends of President Rutherford Hayes

By    |   Monday, 18 Jan 2016 06:47 PM

The U.S. presidents have recognized the benefits of pet ownership, all but one of them keeping a number of animals with them during their stints in the office. President Rutherford B. Hayes had more than 20 animals with him during his time in the White House.

Born in Ohio in 1822, Hayes's hard work and dedication brought him success at an early age. According to the White House Historical Association, after graduating from Harvard Law School, he worked as a lawyer in northern Ohio for five years before moving to Cincinnati. He was a soldier in the Civil War, rising through the ranks after being wounded in battle.

While he was still serving, he was nominated for the House of Representatives. While he accepted the nomination, he refused to campaign because it would mean spurning his duty as an officer. His honesty and loyalty earned him a heavy majority in the congressional elections in 1864. From 1867 to 1876, he served three terms as the governor of Ohio.

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In 1876, he was the Republican Party's presidential candidate. Although he thought he had lost the election to his Democratic opponent Samuel Tilden, he actually won, and served as president from 1877 to 1881.

According to the Presidential Pet Museum, President Hayes had a host of pets at the White House during his time in office. He had eight dogs, including Hector, a Newfoundland; Otis, a miniature schnauzer; Dot, a cocker spaniel; Juno and Shep, hunting dogs; and Jet. He also had an English mastiff named Duke, the apple of his daughter Fanny's eye, and a greyhound named Grim that liked to howl along with the First Lady, Lucy, when she sang the "Star Spangled Banner."

The family also had several other pets. Among their three cats, Siam was the first Siamese kitten in America. Siam was joined by Miss Pussy, another Siamese cat, and Piccolomini. Additionally, the president had a number of unique pets, such as a goat, mockingbird, four canaries, Jersey cows, and several carriage horses.

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The U.S. presidents have recognized the benefits of pet ownership, all but one of them keeping a number of animals with them during their stints in the office. President Rutherford B. Hayes had more than 20 animals with him during his time in the White House.
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