Lincoln & Fido T-Shirt

Fido's story as depicted in our illustration:

It is February 1861, and President-elect Abraham Lincoln will soon board a train bound for Washington, DC. As he leaves his home in Springfield, Illinois, he kneels in a parting gesture to his loyal dog, Fido, who will not be joining the Lincoln family in Washington.

Fido’s well-being has weighed on Lincoln’s mind, because he knows his dog would not be happy living with the noise and bustle of the capital city. So Lincoln arranged a temporary home for Fido in Springfield with the family of John Roll, whose sons were friends of the Lincoln boys.

Among several conditions the Lincolns set for Fido’s care, they required that Roll let Fido into the house whenever he asked to come in. And they gave Roll the dog’s favorite horsehair sofa to help him feel comfortable in his new home.

No doubt both dog and master hoped to be reunited one day. But Lincoln would be assassinated in April 1865. He never saw Fido again.