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Happy Birthday President Taft

Happy Birthday President Taft

By on Sep 15, 2012 in Presidents | 0 comments

President Taft, from whitehouse.gov

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:

The Snapple lid says President Taft weighed 329 lbs.

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

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