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William H. Taft Facts and Trivia

Birthday: September 15, 1857
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH
College or University: Yale
Religion: Unitarian
Occupation or Profession: Lawyer
Military Rank: n/a
Married: Helen Herron Taft
Children: Robert Alphonso Taft, Helen Herron Taft, Charles Taft
President number: 27th
Political Party: Republican
Runner Up: William J. Bryan
Vice President: James S. Sherman
Age at Inauguration: 51
Served: 1909-1913
Number of terms: 1
Other Offices or Commissions: Judge of U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Governor of the Philippines, Secretary of War, Chief Justice of the United States
Died: March 8, 1930
Age at Death: 72
Place of Burial: Arlington, VA

Other Interesting Facts and Trivia:

- Taft loved baseball. He was the first president to throw the first pitch at a game on opening day.

- Taft graduated 2nd in his class at Yale.

- In 1921, after his presidency, Taft was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Harding.

- "Big Bill" Taft weighed 332 pounds. He was the largest president.

- President Taft had a pet cow named Pauline Wayne. Pauline gave him fresh milk every day.

- New Mexico and Arizona became states during Taft's presidency. In 1912, there were a total of 48 states.

- Skull and Bones was a secret society at Yale University founded in 1932. William Howard Taft (Bones 1878) was son of the Skull and Bones' co-founder (Alphonso Taft). William H. Taft was the first of 3 Bonesman to become U.S. President.


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