William Howard Taft Salted Almonds

February 20, 2012 by staff 

William Howard Taft Salted Almonds, William Howard Taft, 27th U. S. President, is perhaps best known as the largest of all the American chief executives, at six feet two inches and weighing in at 330 pounds. Due to his large girth, Taft had real struggles taking a bath, and on more than one occasion he became stuck in the White House bathtub and had be be physically extracted. Finally growing wearied of this humiliation, Taft had a larger tub installed into the White House. It was “seven feet long and nearly four feet wide, and could fit four more-normal-sized men.”

Taft was born on September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, OH into a political family. His father,Alphonso Taft, served President U. S. Grant first as Secretary of War and then as Attorney General. William Howard Taft married Helen “Nellie” Herron and would go on to serve as Theodore Roosevelt’s Secretary of War, where he played an important role in the construction of the Panama Canal.

He served only one term as president, 1909-1913. During his term as president two states joined the union, Arizona and New Mexico. Taft also instituted the now traditional “seventh inning stretch.” According to tradition, “Taft was attending a baseball game and stood up to stretch his legs during the 7th inning. Since the president stood up, so too did the crowd, creating the 7th inning stretch.” When he was nervous, Taft would munch on almonds, his favorite snack. “Taft was known to eat pounds of salted almonds in a sitting.”

Although he ran for a second term, his heart was not in it, and his chances were further injured by his friend, Theodore Roosevelt, who ran as a third party candidate. While his supporters may have grieved over his loss to Woodrow Wilson, no doubt Taft was relieved. Now he was free to pursue his real dream, which was realized when Warren G. Harding appointed him as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a position no other American president ever occupied. He held this position from 1921 to 1930.

As was stated in the Jeopardy clue, William Howard Taft’s son, Robert Alphonso Taft, and his grandson, Robert Taft, Jr., were both US Senator from Ohio. Also, his great-grandson, Robert Alphonso “Bob” Taft I Governor of Ohio from 1999 to 2007 But politics did not end there. They could have also added that William Howard Taft’s grandfather, Peter Rawson Taft I (1785–1867), was a member of the Vermont legislature, his brother, Charles Phelps Taft I (1843–1929), was a U.S. representative (1895–1897). Two other of Taft’s sons entered politics, William Howard Taft III was an ambassador to Ireland (1953-1957) and Charles Phelps Taft II was the mayor of Cincinnati. A grandson, William Howard Taft IV, was Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1984 to 1989.

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