Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

He was the only U.S. president to also serve as chief justice of the Supreme Court. He was appointed by President McKinley as the first governor of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War and by President Theodore Roosevelt as secretary of war. The largest president, weighing over 300 lbs, a bathtub was installed for him in the White House big enough to hold four men. His name was William Howard Taft, and he was born this day, Sept. 15, 1857. President Taft stated: “A God-fearing nation, like ours, owes it to its inborn … sense of moral duty to testify … devout gratitude to the All-Giver for … countless benefits.”