PRESIDENT TAFT AND THE HISTORY OF THE LARGEST BATHTUB IN WHITE HOUSE HISTORY

  1. The White House's presidential plumbing has a storied history.
  2. President Truman authorized a $5 million renovation in 1949 in which much of the interior was gutted, including the plumbing.
  3. But even prior, President William Taft made White House plumbing history.
  4. President Taft was nicknamed Big Bill for a reason. At a weight of 330 pounds, his facilities required special attention.
  5. Especially his bathtub. In 1909, he had a special tub crafted and installed in the White House. It measured 7 feet long and almost 4 feet wide, and as you see could fit 7 grown men.
  6. The tub itself weighed close to a ton and might have held about 600 gallons.
  7. The tub was removed during President Truman's renovations in 1952. Some Taft tubs you see on display are replicas of the original.