Happy Birthday William Howard Taft, born September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio. President Taft apparently disliked being president and preferred his post-executive office position as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
In honor of his birthday, here are some random facts about our 27th president:
Taft was our heaviest president. It even says so on a Snapple lid I recently uncovered. (I have a trivia book that says the White House bathtub had to be replaced to accommodate him since Taft once got stuck in the tub).
Taft apparently had a habit of nodding off in public.
He was a collegiate wrestler.
He started the tradition of presidents tossing out the first pitch of the baseball season.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Next post: Our trip to the Taft house in Cincinnati