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William Howard Taft
(September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th President of the United States and the 10th Chief Justice of the United States.
One night as a young law reporter he found himself stuck at Somerville, Ohio. He had to get back to his office that night and only way he could have done was to stop a through train. He wired Division HQ,   “ Will you stop the through express at Somerville to take on a large party?”
Promptly came the reply,”Yes.”
The train arrived and the conductor asked Mr. Taft, “Where is the large party we were to take on?”
Mr. Taft regarded his own generous bulk ruefully and laughed. “I am it.” He said stepping aboard the train.
If size was the sole criterion William Howard Taft would have been the greatest of all US presidents. Visiting friends one summer day in Long Beach, N.J., he was sporting himself in the sea when his host’s two sons asked their father if they too could have a swim before lunch.
“You will have to wait till later,” their father told them gravely,  “the President is using the ocean.”

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