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First Pets: Four-legged or Feathered Friends of President William Harrison

By    |   Monday, 16 Nov 2015 10:32 PM

There through both the best and worst of times, White House pets have done a lot behind the scenes in helping our nation's leaders stay calm and collected, and President William Harrison was no different from the others on this front.

Even though Harrison's time as president was so short, he still had some of his pets in the White House during his tenure. According to the Presidential Pet Museum, he had a male goat and a Durham cow named Sukey while in office.

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Born in 1773, Harrison embodied the life of the simple, relatable country man, which ultimately became the crux of his presidential campaign. He was a student of classics and history at Hampden-Sydney College, according to the White House Historical Association, and eventually started studying medicine in Richmond. However, in 1791, he had a change of heart and joined the Army.

After playing a crucial role in the Battle of Fallen Timbers which opened much of the Ohio area for settlement, he resigned from the Army in 1798 and became secretary of the Northwest Territory. He eventually helped pass legislation that split this area into the Northwest and Indiana territories and went on to serve as the governor of the Indiana Territory from 1801 to 1813.

The candidate for the Whigs in 1840, Harrison won the presidential election and was inaugurated in 1841. However, before he had even been in office a single month, he caught a cold that progressed into a fatal case of pneumonia.

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Harrison's pets may not have been able to spend a wealth of time in the White House, but they likely enjoyed the time they did have.

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