Alligator, Angora, & Afghan

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A is for Alligator, Angora, and Afghan

our presidentsJohn Quincy Adams (1825-1829), Herbert Hoover (1929-1933), William McKinley (1897-1901), and Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)


President John Quincy Adams played host to an alligator for two months during 1825.  Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, toured America in 1824-1825. During that tour he was gifted with an alligator and while in Washington, President Adams housed it for the Marquis in the unfinished East Room of the White House as well as in its bathtub!

President Herbert Hoover’s young son, Allan, had two alligators in the early 1930s. Since they roamed the WH grounds, I’m sure they kept the crazies away!

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President William McKinley had two Angora cats while in office. They were named  Valerino Weyler (after the governor of Cuba) and Enrique DeLome (after the Spanish ambassador). This is a vintage representative photo.

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Afghan Hound

President Jimmy Carter had an Afghan Hound named Louis Brown. He did live at the WH but apparently no photographs could be found by any of my sources. Of course, this was before the internet but not cameras so I don’t know how such a beautiful dog could escape media attention.  In fact only one source mentioned him and the only thing they said was he was blonde/brown in color!! (Representative photo.)afghan hound lewis brown  j carter

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