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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.

 

Rub a Dub Dub, a Tub for Big Lub A 7-foot, 41-inch wide tub was installed in the White House after Taft’s 1908 election win. It weighed a ton – literally.

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.”

Stick To The Truth Each Tub-T comes tagged with a true story about Taft and his beloved tub, and a sticker to tag a tub of your own.

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.

In his trip around the world and on other cruises Mr. Taft became thoroughly conversant with the size of ordinary liner and warship bath tubs, and passed on to the shower as his soles opportunity for complete ablutions. He never found a sea-going bathtub with claims to consideration as a Taft appendage. The navy knows this, and it was decided that its prospective commander in chief was entitled to a real bath tub on a battle ship if anybody was. Manufacturers don’t make Taft size bath tubs for the trade, however, and how to get one that should be adequate proportions and luxurious white enamel was something of a problem.

– Engineering Review, February 1909