President William Howard Taft was 5' 11.5" tall and weighed 340 lbs. According to chief White House usher, Ike Hoover, at the time Taft was president, Taft once got stuck in the White House bath tub. After Taft was ousted in the 1912 election, President Warren Harding appointed him to Chief Justice of the U.S. where he served until weeks before his death in 1930 at the age of 72. Taft lost 70 lbs the yr after leaving ofc and maintained it for the rest of his life.
Helen “Nellie” Herron Taft was born June 2, 1861 and died May 22, 1943. She was the wife of President William Taft, and was First Lady of the United States from 1909 to 1913. She was the daughter of a prominent Judge in Ohio. As First Lady, she set a precedent with riding alongside her husband on Inauguration Day. She arranged the planting of 3,000 cherry trees in 1912.
William Howard Taft - Distinguished jurist, effective administrator, but poor politician, William Howard Taft spent four uncomfortable years in the White House. Large, jovial, conscientious, he was caught in the intense battles between Progressives and conservatives, and got scant credit for the achievements of his administration.
William Howard Taft (1857 – 1930) was the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930). He is the only person to have served in both of these offices.