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Is it true that President William Howard Taft was so large that a special bathtub had to be installed in the White House to accommodate him?


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June 23, 2009 3:13PM

This is true. President Taft was a large man -- 6' 2" tall -- and weighing in at about 332 pounds at the height of his presidency. After becoming stuck in the White House bath tub, where it took six men to help him out, he ordered a tub specially made for him. Needing a big bathtub, he had a tub installed that was 7 feet long and 41 inches wide, and could accommodate four normal-sized men.

Although Taft was the most portly president, he was considered a good dancer, a good tennis player and an average golfer.

At ease with his uncontrolled appetite and his need for sleep after eating or after exerting himself, Taft simply refused to be embarrassed by his weight or his behavior. He accepted his size and so did most of the American public in time.