President’s Day Heaviest and Lightest U.S. Chief Executives
Donald J. Trump is our 45th President of the United States. He is the third heaviest, first billionaire and oldest president upon his first election at 70 years of age. On this President's Day I thought it would be fun to dig up some lighthearted trivia on our chief executives. Primarily, the lightest and heaviest presidents.
William Taft has been the heaviest president tipping the scales at 340 pounds. He served from 1909-1913, the 27th head of our nation. According to the POTUS website Taft was the first president to throw out a first pitch to start the professional baseball season on April 14, 1910.
Taft was the first to own a car turning the White House stables into a garage. He was the last to have a cow at the White House to provide fresh milk.
He was so big he got stuck in a bath tub at the White House. It took six aides to free him. After the incident, the bath tub was replaced with one that could hold four men.
Taft military aide Archie Butt perished on the Titanic April 15, 1912. In 1913 the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified allowing for a Federal Income Tax.
Rounding out the top ten heaviest U.S. presidents:
- Grover Cleveland #22  260 pounds
- Donald J. Trump #45 239 pounds
- Chester Arthur #21 224 pounds
- Bill Clinton #42 223 pounds
- Theodore Roosevelt #26 210 pounds
- Lydon B. Johnson #36 200 pounds
- William McKinley #25 199 pounds
- James Buchanan #15 198 pounds
- George H.W. Bush #41 196 pounds
The lightest President of the United States has been #4 James Madison weighing 100 pounds. Madison was also the shortest at 5'4. He served from 1809 to 1817.
Madison was the first president to wear long trousers. All predecessors wore knee breeches. Both of his vice presidents died in office. He was the first president to ask Congress to declare war in 1812. Madison saw the city of Washington captured and burned by the British in 1814.
The rest of the top 10 lightest presidents:
- Andrew Jackson #7 140 pounds
- Franklin Pierce #14 144 pounds
- Calvin Coolidge #30 148 pounds
- John Adams #2 150 pounds
- Ulysses S. Grant #18 156 pounds
- Jimmy Carter #39 160 pounds
- Benjamin Harrison #39 160 pounds
- John Tyler #10 160 pounds
- William Harrison #9 162 pounds
Madison's salary was $25,000 a year. Taft's $75,000. Trump's is $400,000 which he does not take.
Happy President's Day.