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Old Whitey White House Visitors Pulled Horse Tail Hair

February 20, 2012 by staff 

Old Whitey White House Visitors Pulled Horse Tail Hair, 1849-1850
Old Whitey, a wartime mount and Also a shortlived canary that they called Johnny Ty who died shortly after they tried to pair him with a mate only to discover it too was a male. Zachary Taylor provided a home on the White House grounds for Old Whitey. There was a serious problem for Whitey, however. Many of the visitors to the White House pulled a hair or two from Whitey’s tail for a souvenir.

James K. Polk

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It is said Polk learned to ride before he could walk and had a great love of horses, but no Presidential Pets are discovered to date.

John Tyler

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The General, a horse, and a pair of Italian Wolfhounds that he imported for his wife, Julia. The grey hound named Le Beau came from the consul of Naples “to grace the White House lawn”. When The General died, Tyler had a grave dug on his estate, Sherwood. Over the grave, he had a headstone placed with the following inscription: “Here lies the body of my good horse ‘The General.’ For twenty years he bore me around the circuit of my practice, and in all that time he never made a blunder. Would that his master could say the same! John Tyler.”

William Henry Harrison

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Billy goat and a new Durham cow for the White House.

Martin Van Buren

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A pair of Tiger cubs given to him by the Sultan of Oman which Congress bade him to send to the zoo.

Andrew Jackson

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Sam Patches, his wartime mount, and Emily, Lady Nashville and Bolivia, racing fillies. Truxton,a champion race horse and other ponies.

John Quincy Adams

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An Alligator given to him by the Marquis de Lafayette and Silkworms belonging to Mrs. Louisa Adams

James Monroe

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Spaniel belonging to Maria Monroe

James Madison

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Green parrot belonging to Mrs. Dolley Madison

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Mockingbird and two Briards, a gift from General Lafayette.

John Adams

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Favorite Horse, Cleopatra. He built the first White House Stables and had Juno and Satan, Abigails two dogs.

George Washington

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Samson, Steady, Leonidas, Traveller, Magnolia and other stallions. Nelson and Blueskin, horses used during the Revolution, and a Horse given to Washington by Gen. Braddock. Drunkard, Mopsey, Taster, Cloe, Tipsy, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan, Sweetlips, and Searcher, all hounds; and five French hounds. Rozinante, Nellie Custis’ horse, and a Parrot belonged to Mrs. Martha Washington

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