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First Pets: Four-Legged or Feathered Friends of President Woodrow Wilson

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 10:34 AM

Woodrow Wilson's choice of pets during his presidency was marked by the entrance in and out of World War I. The White House calls Wilson the leader of the Progressive Movement. He started the graduated federal income tax and the Federal Reserve.

His choice of pets included an entire flock of sheep on the White House lawn.

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The flock was a statement in support of the war effort. According to the Presidential Pet Museum, Woodrow Wilson actually had a pet ram named "Old Ike" who headed up the fleecy patriotic pets.

Woodrow Wilson's "Old Ike" was a Shrompshire ram who was known to be feisty. Ike had a bad reputation that eventually got him kicked off the White House lawn.

He liked chewing tobacco and died of old age in 1927. The four-legged flock numbered as many as 48. The sheep's fleece was auctioned every year as a fundraiser for the Red Cross.

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Wilson also had a couple of dogs including an Airedale Terrier named Davie, a greyhound named Mountain Boy and a bull terrier named Bruce.

The Purring Post credits Wilson with being the owner of two cats, Mittens and Puffins, who was an American shorthair. Both of the cats liked to try to jump on the family dinner table.

Wilson also had songbirds as pets in the White House. Wilson was one of 14 presidents to have pet birds.

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