Abe’s Cats

05 Aug

We are odd indeed to think that we alone of all God’s creatures are worthy of recognition for I am certain beyond question that when the last day arrives, our company will swell with fox, raven, hare, and rat, and when we are finally admitted we will see sharpening her nails upon His most resplendent throne, God’s favorite unrepentant calico cat. — Mary Margaret Carlisle


Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth President, loved cats and could play with them for hours. When asked if her husband had a hobby, Mary Todd Lincoln replied, “cats.” Abraham Lincoln came into presidential office accompanied by Tabby, his son’s cat. Tabby was the first of several White House cats, and the first of four cats that lived in the White House with him. 

Although dogs tend to be a more traditional presidential pet, several presidents have had cats, including Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton.


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