William H. Taft, who lived from 1857 to 1930, was the 27th President of the United States. He was also the 10th Chief Justice of the United States, a former Provisional Governor of Cuba, and the 42nd United States Secretary of War.
Here are 10 interesting facts about William H. Taft:
10 Interesting Facts About William H. Taft #1:
William H. Taft was a very large president. In fact, he weighed 332 pounds at his greatest weight. This made him the largest president. For those who are wondering, if Chris Christie were to become president in 2016, he could top Taft in regards to the highest weight a president has ever had. It has been estimated that Christie once weighed 350 pounds.
10 Interesting Facts About William H. Taft #2:
Despite his great size, Taft was physically active. He enjoyed many activities, including surfing in Waikiki, dancing, and playing tennis. He was also the first president to golf.
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While on the topic of Taft being physically active, it is interesting to note that he was the first president to throw the first pitch of the baseball season.
10 Interesting Facts About William H. Taft #4:
It was a challenge for Taft to bathe himself. He even once was unable to get out of a bathtub in the White House. This caused him to have plumbers install a bigger bathtub that could hold up to four people.
10 Interesting Facts About William H. Taft #5:
The former president started each morning eating giant steaks. Despite the high protein diet, he struggled at times to stay awake throughout the day.
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For having a tendency to fall asleep during the day, he earned the nickname “Sleeping Beauty.” It was widely reported that he could not stay awake at funerals, once slept through an entire typhoon, and even passed away while sleeping.
10 Interesting Facts About William H. Taft #7:
It was also reported that he suffered from depression. He was a dutiful president, but had an irritable personality when he served in the White House. He even referred to the place as “the lonesomest place in the world.” Instead of being the Chief of Staff, he wanted to be the chief justice of the Supreme Court. He achieved the position after his presidency.
10 Interesting Facts About William H. Taft #8:
Although he made a name for himself in politics, he actually did not like the profession. He even stated that “Politics make me sick.”
10 Interesting Facts About William H. Taft #9:
William H. Taft was a compassionate husband. When his wife was recovering from a stroke, he spent time each day telling her stories that would make her feel better. He also helped her learn how to speak again.
10 Interesting Facts About William H. Taft #10:
The last interesting fact about the former president is he underwent a significant weight loss after his presidency. More specifically, he was able to lose 90 pounds.
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“William H. Taft,” the White House.