||16th President (1861-1865)
Abe Lincoln was the first President to bring a cat into
House: When son Tad asked to bring his cat Tabby, Lincoln agreed. Later, on a
visit to General Grant's headquarters in the middle of
winter, Lincoln found three half-frozen kittens there and took them
back to the White House.
||19th President (1877-1881)
Rutherford B Hayes
from the American Consul in Bangkok, Siam
was the first Siamese cat to
reach the United States. Also had a cat named Piccolomini
and a Siamese named Miss Pussy.
His gray, six-toed cat Slippers
would fall asleep in a hallway,
resulting in the guests at a state banquet detouring around her. The
Roosevelts also had a cat named Tom
Quartz. Tom Quartz was named after the cat in Roughing It by Mark Twain. [They
also had 9 dogs, a
garter snake, a pony, pig, badger, rat, guinea pigs, hen, macaw,
rooser, and a pony.]
Calvin and Grace Coolidge pretty much had
a zoo at
the White House. Their cats were Smokey,
Blackie, Timmy and Tiger.
Timmy allowed Coolidge's canary to sleep between his paws. Tiger, a gray-striped stray, traveled around the White
around the President's neck. When Tiger went missing, Coolidge appealed
to the people by calling for their help on a radio address.
|28th President (1913-1921)
President Wilson had a cat named Puffins.
|| 35th President (1961-1963)
John F. Kennedy
Daughter Caroline Kennedy's Tom
was removed from office when it was discovered that
was allergic. When Tom Kitten died, it was
given an obituary in a Washington newspaper.
||38th President (1974-1977)
Daughter Susan had a beautiful Siamese named Shan.
Carter owned a Siamese cat with the intriguing name
"Misty Malarky Ying Yang" who
lived with her in the White House.
Socks moved to the
White House with the Clintons in 1993, and was the
cat to live in the White House since Amy Carter's cat.
George W. Bush
India "Willie" Bush,
a beautiful black cat, had been a beloved member
of the Bush family for
several years when the family moved into the White House.
|The 25th President (1897-1901)
the 40th President (1981-1989) Ronald
Reagan also owned cats, but
they apparently did not move into the White House. Ronald Reagan
and Sara, tortoiseshell
strays, as well as several unnamed
unknown if 13th President (1850-1853) Millard
Fillmore had cats in the White House, he was a founding member
president of the
Buffalo chapter of
the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.