Archie Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt, poses with Algonquin, a calico pony, June 17, 1902. Algonquin once rode in the White House elevator, courtesy of Kermit and Quentin Roosevelt, to visit Archie when he was ill.
The Roosevelts were an animal loving family. Their six children and large number of pets made for a full White House. They may have had the most unusual range of pets too, including a lizard named Bill, Maude the pig, a “small” bear named Jonathan Edwards and a one-legged rooster. Not to forsake traditional pets, the family also had a slew of dogs--Sailor Boy, Skip, Jack, Pete and Manchu. Pete, a bull terrier, was exiled to Long Island after chomping on one too many legs.