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First Lady Caroline Harrison

July 09, 1889
Source: The Library of Congress

When her husband Benjamin Harrison became President in 1889, First Lady Caroline Harrison was appalled at the living conditions in the White House. The presidential mansion was cramped, shabby, and overrun with rats. She combated the rats by releasing an army of ferrets throughout the house, bought new curtains and furniture, renovated the kitchen, laid new floors, and installed private baths, electric lighting, and a new heating system.

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