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Pauline Wayne in front of the Navy Building, which is known today as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building
President William H. Taft

Pauline Wayne was a Holstein cow that belonged to William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States. Also known as "Miss Wayne", Pauline was not Taft's first presidential cow: she replaced the lesser-known "Mooly Wooly", who provided milk for the First Family for a year and a half before suddenly dying in 1910, reportedly after eating too many oats.[1] Taft and his wife, Helen Herron Taft, had growing children, and Taft was a notoriously large eater; accordingly, Mooly Wooly was replaced by Pauline Wayne. Wisconsin senator Isaac Stephenson bought Pauline Wayne for Mrs. Taft.[2] The four year-old cow was pregnant and gave birth to a male calf named "Big Bill" (after the President), which was later sent to a Maryland farm.[1]

From 1910 to 1913, Miss Wayne freely grazed the White House lawn.[3] She was the last presidential cow to live at the White House and was considered as much a Taft family pet as she was livestock. When Taft left office, she was shipped to Wisconsin.[4] Her Bovine Blue Book number was 115,580. The origin of the name "Pauline Wayne" is unknown; however, the New York Times noted that she was "a member of the great Wayne family of Holsteins".[3]

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  1. ^ a b Powell, Mark J. (January 7, 2017). "The President's Cow Is Missing!". Retrieved November 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ Anthony, Carl Sferrazza (2005). Nellie Taft: The Unconventional First Lady of the Ragtime Era, pp. 239-40. Harper Collins. ISBN 0-06-051382-9.
  3. ^ a b "White House Cow Arrives. - Pauline Wayne, 3d, Comes Safely from Wisconsin - A Calf Expected". The New York Times. November 4, 1910. Retrieved January 15, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Taft Cow on Retired List. - Pauline Wayne Goes Back to Her Old Wisconsin Farm". The New York Times. February 2, 1913. Retrieved January 15, 2017. 

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