Throwback Thursday: Fido, The First Photographed Presidential Dog

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. Coloring by OldPups.com.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. Coloring by OldPups.com.

This Thursday, we’re throwing it way back to 1861. Abraham Lincoln, upon leaving Springfield to begin his job as the 16th President of the United States, decided that his beloved dog Fido would not enjoy the loud hustle and bustle of Washington D.C., so he entrusted him to the care of a close friend and neighbor. It was hard for the President to part with his dear old friend, but it was even more difficult for Lincoln’s two youngest sons Tad and Willie, who demanded that a picture be taken of Fido for them to remember him by, in case they never saw him again. Hence, the existence for the above photograph, taken by a local Springfield photographer shortly before the Lincoln’s left Springfield for good. Sadly, Fido and his former master never met again, due in large part to Lincoln’s untimely death in 1865. Fido joined him in the afterlife the following year.

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