William Howard Taft
|William Howard Taft|
|27th President of the United States|
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|
July 11, 1921 – February 3, 1930
|Preceded by||Edward Douglass White|
|Succeeded by||Charles Evans Hughes|
|Born||September 15, 1857
|Died||March 8, 1930
|Spouse(s)||Helen Herron Taft|
William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th President of the United States from March 4, 1909 to March 3, 1913. He is well known for being the heaviest President in U.S. history, weighing over 350 pounds. He was also six feet tall. Taft was also the only President who also served as a Supreme Court justice.
Political career[change | change source]
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. Early in life, Taft had played baseball. He was a good second baseman and could hit with power. 
1912 Election[change | change source]
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 presidency[change | change source]
In 1921, Taft became the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the only President to do so. He retired from the job on February 3, 1930 due to bad health.
Bathtub[change | change source]
Taft was the most obese president. He was 5 feet, 11.5 inches tall; his weight was at 335–340 pounds toward the end of his Presidency. 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.
Death[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
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References[change | change source]
- Matviko, John W. (2005). The American president in popular culture. American Popular Culture Through History Series. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 66. ISBN 9780313327056. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=xavpmPflWygC&pg=PA66&dq=taft+first+ball+baseball+tradition&lr=&cd=3#v=onepage&q=taft%20first%20ball%20baseball%20tradition&f=false.
- Historic Homes of the U.S. Presidents. p. 120. http://books.google.com/books?id=p8RBlp8bNpwC&pg=PA120&lpg=PA120&dq=william+howard+taft+second+baseman&source=bl&ots=FPXvB2daVE&sig=0_6C1Rn2ivMDHSfbjia8l-WpCVU&hl=en&ei=FhY7TuCDD7SCsALw5rUX&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=william%20howard%20taft%20second%20baseman&f=false.
- William Howard Taft, President and Chief Justice
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- Sotos, John G. (September 2003). "Taft and Pickwick". Chest 124 (3): 1133–1142. doi:10.1378/chest.124.3.1133.
- The White House Museum: Master Bathroom
- Arlington Cemetery