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William Howard Taft

American politician, 27th president of the United States (in office from 1909 to 1913)

over 350 pounds. He was also six feet tall. Taft was also the only President who also served as a Supreme Court justice.

William Howard Taft
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27th President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1913
Vice President James S. Sherman
Preceded by Theodore Roosevelt
Succeeded by Woodrow Wilson
10th Chief Justice of the United States
In office
July 11, 1921 – February 3, 1930
Preceded by Edward Douglass White
Succeeded by Charles Evans Hughes
Personal details
Born (1857-09-15)September 15, 1857
Cincinnati, Ohio,
Died March 8, 1930(1930-03-08) (aged 72)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Helen Herron Taft
Religion Unitarian

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Political careerEdit

Taft served as Solicitor General of the United States, a federal judge, Governor of the Philippines, and Secretary of War before being nominated for President in the 1908 by the man who preceded him, Theodore Roosevelt. As a Republican President, Taft was most notable for trust-busting, in which he broke up large businesses that had too much control over the economy. Taft also expanded civil service, fixed up the United States Postal Service and promoted world peace. Taft also started the tradition of the president pitching the first ball of the baseball season.[1] Early in life, Taft had played baseball. He was a good second baseman and could hit with power. [2]

1912 ElectionEdit

In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt came back into politics and ran for President against William Taft. Many Republicans split their votes between Taft and Roosevelt, and the Democratic opponent Woodrow Wilson won the election.

After the presidencyEdit

In 1921, Taft became the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the only President to do so.[3] He retired from the job on February 3, 1930 due to bad health.

BathtubEdit

Taft was the most obese president.[4] He was 5 feet, 11.5 inches tall; his weight was at 335–340 pounds toward the end of his Presidency.[5] He had difficulty getting out of the White House bathtub. He had a 7-foot (2.1 m) long, 41-inch (1.04 m) wide tub installed. This tub could accommodate four normal-sized men. It was replaced in 1952 with a modern tub of similar size.[6]

DeathEdit

Taft died on March 8, 1930 due to heart failure. Three days later, he became the first president to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[7]

Other websitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Matviko, John W. (2005). The American president in popular culture. American Popular Culture Through History Series. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 66. ISBN 9780313327056. 
  2. Historic Homes of the U.S. Presidents. p. 120. 
  3. William Howard Taft, President and Chief Justice
  4. Carnes, MC. William Howard Taft. McPherson, JM eds. To the best of my ability: the American Presidents 2000, 188–194 Dorling Kindersley. New York, NY:
  5. Sotos, John G. (September 2003). "Taft and Pickwick". Chest 124 (3): 1133–1142. doi:10.1378/chest.124.3.1133.
  6. The White House Museum: Master Bathroom
  7. Arlington Cemetery