During the presidency, Hercules, who was purchased around 1786, traveled with the Washington’s to Philadelphia where he served as the cook in the President’s House. He made money by selling slops out the back door of the executive mansion and used the money to purchase fine clothes – he was known around the city as a dashing dresser. Hercules successfully ran away during Washington’s second term.

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