Good morning, it’s Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, the birthday of William Howard Taft. The big man was born on this date in 1857, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and although he had an exceptionally successful career in public service, he is remembered today mainly for being fat. Ask an American to tell you something about the 27th U.S. president and, if they recall anything at all, it would be that Taft was so obese he got stuck in a bathtub at the White House.
This anecdote is not only mean, it’s almost certainly untrue. It’s also unfair to the man’s legacy. William Taft, whose first love was the law, not…
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