Sheep were a common sight on the White House grounds during World War I. President Wilson and the First Lady kept sheep on the lawn for two reasons: firstly it reduced the cost of cutting the grass and, secondly, it offset the lack of manpower as many of the gardeners volunteered to serve in the armed forces.. The wool was also auctioned off and over $52,000 was raised for the Red Cross.
Sheep & The White House
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