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President Taft Kept a Cow on the White House Lawn and Drank Raw Milk



William Howard Taft (1909-1913)

Photo from The History Chef [1]

by Suzy Evans, J.D., Ph.D. [2]

President Taft kept a family dairy cow named Pauline Wayne on the White House lawn. For two years, Pauline supplied Taft and his family with fresh milk. When Taft left office in 1913, Pauline was shipped back to her former owner in Wisconsin. After that, pasteurized milk replaced raw milk at the White House. A New York Times article dated February 2, 1913, announced the departure of the Taft’s beloved cow this way: “Pauline Wayne, President Taft’s famous Holstein cow, will follow him into retirement March 4.”

From “James Madison, the Potomac Oyster Wars, and the Constitutional Convention” blog post at The History Chef [1]

Read the entire blog post here:  http://lincolnslunch.blogspot.com/2011/02/james-madison-potomac-oyster-wars-and_08.html [1]