Famous Cat Owners Samuel Clemens: Mark Twain (born 1835) Quote “If a man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve the man but deteriorate the cat.” Abraham Lincoln: US President (1809) Abe came to presidential office accompanied by Tabby, a cat belonging to his son. “No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.” Quote by Abraham Lincoln. Nostradamus: Prophet The French Astrologer, 1503-1566, had a cat named Grimalkin. Henry III, King of France (1551 - 1589) The King of France must always appear to be bold and fearless, and Henry did his best to keep his image intact. But he had an Achilles heel, if a cat happened to wander into his presence, the king would faint dead away. Sir Walter Scott: poet and novelist (1771 - 1832) author of Rob Roy and Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott was also an editor, critic and deputy sheriff of Selkirk in 1799. Absorbed in folklore and the supernatural, Scott was devoted to cats, and a portrait of him by John Watson Gordon shows the author at work at his desk with his tabby, Hinx, lying close by. On the subject that fascinated him most, Scott wrote: “Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.” Sir Isaac Newton: philosopher Sir Isaac Newton, famous for his laws of motion and gravity, was a confirmed cat lover who was deeply concerned about the welfare of his feline friends. Therefore, so his research would go uninterrupted, and his cats should not feel restricted and be at liberty to wander freely in and out when the doors were closed, he invented the cat-flap.