The phrase referring to a dog as man’s best friend had its first known use here.
In a children’s book
In a court trials
In a dog food commercial
In a stage play
In a court trial. In 1869, in Warrendale, Missouri, farmer Charles Burden sued his brother-in-law, Leonidas Hornsby, also a farmer, for killing Burden’s dog, Old Drum. In his summation to the jury, Burden’s attorney, George Graham Vest referred to a dog as man’s best friend. Vest won the case for Burden. Vest went on to serve as a U.S. senator from 1879-1903.
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