His favorite, however, was a mockingbird he named Dick. Author and Jefferson friend, Margaret Bayard Smith (), wrote in of the President’s fondness for the bird, noting that he loved their “melodious powers, uncommon intelligence, and affectionate disposition.” Bird in cage, Getty Images. Dick was with him at most times of the day. Feb 17, · But he was singularly affectionate toward one mockingbird he named Dick. The bird was allowed to roam Jefferson’s office or perch on the president’s shoulder. When Jefferson played his .
Feb 19, · Like Jackson, Thomas Jefferson was also partial to birds, but his best feathered friend was an apparently affectionate Northern Mockingbird named Dick, who thankfully didn't learn to swear like Poll but did have an extensive repertoire of melodious songs and sounds, which delighted the Author: Deb Kingsbury. Jan 08, · Dick, the only name we are given for any of Jefferson’s pet birds, was (based on the observations of others) his favorite. Margaret Bayard Smith provides us with a description of the relationship Jefferson has with the bird. She said that the cage was hung among the geraniums and roses of his office and that.
Jun 29, · Thomas Jefferson kept Northern Mockingbirds in his office and sleeping quarters, while president in the early s. One of Jefferson’s pet mockingbirds — named Dick— would perch on his shoulder and take morsels of food from his master’s lips. He would even sing along when Jefferson played the violin. Dick is unquestionably the "favorite" mockingbird whose cage Margaret Bayard Smith described as suspended among the roses and geraniums in the window recesses of the presidential cabinet. Jefferson, Smith continued, cherished the favorite "with peculiar fondness, not only for its melodious powers, but for its uncommon intelligence and affectionate disposition, of which qualities he gave .
Mar 30, · March 3. Dick sings. As the above journal entries and others like them suggest, Thomas Jefferson had a passion for mockingbirds. Our third president had several mockingbirds, but Dick — the only one he mentions by name — appears to have been his favorite/5(58). He had one as early as and in the early 's noted in his journal buying several singing mockingbirds. The mockingbird he named Dick was clearly his favorite. Dick was first mentioned in and was with him after his retirement to Monticello in The bird had a cage suspended near the window of Jefferson's Monticello study.