Taft was not only the 27th President, but also served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was a Yale wrestler, and the last commander in chief to don facial hair. The Taft’s Tub-T is a walking conversation starter, and a fashionable way to pay tribute to a legend that’s larger than life.
Truth Be Tubbed
A Manhattan company specially crafted the largest solid porcelain tub (1 ton) ever made for the largest president (350 lbs.) to ever take the helm at the White House.
Newspapers reported that similarly spacious tubs were installed in the White House, on Taft’s presidential yacht and inside his brother’s summer home in Texas. After leaving the White House in 1913, Taft moved into a suite in a New Haven, Connecticut, hotel with an immense bathtub that the Philadelphia Inquirer reported was “deep enough to allow an ordinary sized man to float when it is filled.” Two years later, the ex-president’s bathing habits again made news when at a Cape May, New Jersey, hotel he “failed properly to consider the size of the average seashore hotel bathtub.” The water displaced by his tremendous girth flooded the floor and trickled onto the heads of guests in the downstairs dining room. As a wistful Taft gazed out at the Atlantic Ocean the next morning, he said, “I’ll get a piece of that fenced in some day, and then when I venture in, there won’t be any overflow.”
Need a Bath?
It’s no secret that Taft and Teddy Roosevelt got down-and-dirty during a bitter Presidential election in 1912. Roosevelt’s supporters made fun of Taft’s weight throughout the election. “Tubgate” may have just been an example of dirty politics at it’s finest.