President Lyndon Johnson and his wife kept several beagles in their lifetime. The most famous were Him and Her, but the Johnsons also had Freckles — offspring of Him — and Edgar, gifted to the president when Him suddenly died.
Freckles had been born in October 1965, in a litter sired by the famous beagle dad Him and a beagle mom from Texas named Brigette. She and her littermate Kim were officially given to Johnson daughter Luci.
Freckles was originally called both “Pecosa” (“Freckles” in Spanish) and “Freckles” and was named by Johnson daughter Luci. As the little beagle grew, it was the name “Freckles” that stuck with her.
Freckles Stays in D.C.
When Luci got married and moved to Texas, Kim went with her but Freckles stayed at the White House.
Why Kim was chosen to move on with Luci is unclear, but it might have something to do with her tendency to speak while the president was speaking. At a 1966 address on the South Lawn, Kim began barking and making a fuss. She didn’t stop until the president took her leash and brought her inside.
Edgar Joins the White House, Too
After the sudden death of Him in 1966, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover gifted President Johnson with another beagle. Originally Johnson named the beagle J. Edgar, but in time the “J” was dropped and the beagle was simply known as Edgar.
This led to some humorous situations. One time, Johnson and Hoover were strolling across the White House lawn, and Johnson called out, “Edgar, come here!” The confused Director Hoover replied, “I am here, Mr. President.”
When the Johnsons left the White House at the end of their term, Freckles was adopted by a White House staff member. Meanwhile, Edgar moved with the Johnsons to their ranch in Texas.
Other Johnson Pets
Lady Bird Johnson once put it this way: They had “more dogs than you can shake a stick at.”