Presidential historian and collector Barry Landau loves animals, especially if they have an inauguration connection like Socks,
Chelsea Clinton's kitty. But one of Landau's favorite inaugural stories
revolves around pre-Civil War President Zachary Taylor's Army horse,
Whitey. "People know Buddy, Socks, and Fala [FDR's pet Scottie]," he
says. But Taylor's horse is another story. Taylor, the 12th president
and a Mexican War hero,
actually had a picture of Whitey drawn on his inaugural invitation.
"It's one of the most elaborate invitations and one of the most highly
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