William H. Taft's Presidency

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William Howard Taft was the twenty-seventh president of the United States of America, serving from 1909 to 1913. Taft studied at Yale University, where he was part of the wrestling team, and where he was also a member of Skull and Bones, a secret student society which conspiracy theorists have...

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William Howard Taft was the twenty-seventh president of the United States of America, serving from 1909 to 1913. Taft studied at Yale University, where he was part of the wrestling team, and where he was also a member of Skull and Bones, a secret student society which conspiracy theorists have suggested is a branch of the infamous Illuminati.

President Taft was also a rather large man, who at his heaviest weighed in at over 350 pounds. He was nicknamed "Big Bill" and "Big Lub." Some time after he died, in 1930, rumors circulated that he once became stuck in the White House bath tub. This story seems to endure even today, although some rudimentary research suggests that it has no truth to it.

In 1910, President Taft threw a baseball from the stands at the beginning of a Washington Senators game. The ball was caught by Walter Johnson, and so President Taft became the first president to throw a first, Opening Day pitch.

President Taft was not a supporter of the suffragists, declaring that the vote for women would be a dangerous precedent, and that if the vote were given to women, then “power might be exercised by the least desirable person.”

While president, Taft also sported a conspicuous, bushy moustache and remains to this day the last serving president to have had facial hair.

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