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10 Cats Who Made History


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Stubbs, Mayor of Talkeetna
Stubbs is a ginger cat, like this one, who has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska since 1997. Carla Honings /Eyeem/Getty Images
Stubbs is a ginger cat, like this one, who has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska since 1997. Carla Honings /Eyeem/Getty Images

When residents of Talkeetna, Alaska (population: less than 1,000) weren't thrilled with their choices for mayor in 1997, a majority wrote in the name "Stubbs." The only glitch was that Stubbs was a cat. A kitty, actually, that was born that year.

That's the story Talkeetnans tell, anyway. Talkeetna doesn't actually have a mayor. But the townsfolk took a liking to the orange cat, found in the parking lot of Nagley's General Store and taken in by its owner, and decided the feline should be the town's honorary official. Stubbs, so-named because she only has the stub of a tail, got the job, a Facebook page and lots of love and attention to boot [sources: Peterson, Campbell].

In 2014, some townsfolk claimed the long-serving feline mayor was leaving her post to run for the state's Senate seat as a last-minute write-in. The two candidates, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Dan Sullivan, Begich's Republican foe, were fighting an increasingly contentious race, and some people considered them both beholden to special interests. This time, however, Stubbs did not prevail, and Sullivan won [sources: Alaska Public Media, Campbell]. Apparently, Alaskans preferred to trust someone with two legs rather than four.


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