Fala was born on April 7, 1940. The little Scottish Terrier was given to President Franklin D. Roosevelt as an early Christmas gift by his distant cousin and confidante, Margaret "Daisy" Suckley.
Roosevelt named him 'Murray the Outlaw of Falahill' after a Scottish ancestor, and his nickname became Fala.
Fala officially moved into the White House on November 10, 1940, from then on he and Roosevelt became inseparable.
Every morning, Fala had a bone that was brought up on the President's breakfast tray. In the evenings he was fed dinner only by the President himself. At night, he slept in a special chair at the foot of the President's bed.
Fala accompanied Roosevelt everywhere, from his private home in Hyde Park, New York, to his favorite spa in Warm Springs, Georgia.
He also met with troops on an inspection tour of Army camps.
Fala was even on the scene of historical events like the Atlantic Charter Conference and the Quebec Conference. He met with dignitaries like President Manuel Ávila Camacho of Mexico and Prime Minister Winston Churchill of England (pictured).
It was on one such trip that a rumor was started that Fala had been accidentally abandoned on one of the Aleutian Islands and that the Navy had to send a destroyer to get him.
During the 1944 presidential campaign, Republicans accused the President of spending millions of taxpayers' dollars to get Fala back. Roosevelt answered the attack with his famous "Fala speech."
During his time in the White House Fala proved to be very popular. He even had a secretary appointed to him to answer the thousands of letters he received.
In April of 1945, while still in office, Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, Georgia, after suffering a massive cerebral hemorrhage. Fala attended the funeral, but it became clear to all around him that he was lost without Roosevelt.
After the President’s death Fala went to live with the Eleanor Roosevelt at her home Val-Kill. The two became inseparable companions.
On April 5, 1952, Fala passed away. He was buried in the Rose Garden of Springwood, next to a sundial not far from the grave of President.
As a testimony to the important role Fala played in the President’s life, a statue of him alongside Roosevelt is featured in Washington, D.C.'s Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
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