PRESIDENT TAFT AND THE HISTORY OF THE LARGEST BATHTUB IN WHITE HOUSE HISTORY
- •The White House's presidential plumbing has a storied history.
- •President Truman authorized a $5 million renovation in 1949 in which much of the interior was gutted, including the plumbing.
- •But even prior, President William Taft made White House plumbing history.
- •President Taft was nicknamed Big Bill for a reason. At a weight of 330 pounds, his facilities required special attention.
- •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.
- •The tub itself weighed close to a ton and might have held about 600 gallons.
- •The tub was removed during President Truman's renovations in 1952. Some Taft tubs you see on display are replicas of the original.