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Presidential Pets (1921-1945)
First Lady Florence Harding shakes hands with her dog, Laddie Boy. Warren Harding was president from 1921 to 1923. Laddie Boy is joined by President Warren Harding and two young admirers. Harding was president from 1921 to 1923. Navy Secretary Denby makes friends with Pete the squirrel on the White House lawn on October 10, 1922 during President Warren Harding's Administration. Squirrels have been pets and pests to presidents over the years. First Lady Grace Coolidge shows off her pet racoon, Rebecca, at the White House Easter Egg Roll April 18, 1927. The president built a little house for Rebecca.
First Lady Grace Coolidge plays with her dogs at the White House. Grace Coolidge was so fond of her white collie, Rob Roy, that she included him in her official portrait, which hangs in the China Room in the White House. Officer Benjamin Fink holds Tige, the Coolidge's cat, at the White House on March 25, 1924. President Herbert Hoover (1929-33) poses with his dog, King Tut. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-45) introduces his Scottish terrier, Fala, to a young girl.
From Harding's Laddie Boy to FDR's Fala, dogs, cats and even a racoon were popu lar presidential pets.