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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/04/1912 - HFSID 16474

WILLIAM H. TAFT The heaviest U.S. President sends thanks for food. Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H. Taft" as 27th U.S. President, 1p, 7x9. On stationery of the White House, Washington, but written from Beverly, Massachusetts, 1912 July 4. To Hon. John W. Griggs, St.

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WILLIAM H. TAFT
The heaviest U.S. President sends thanks for food.
Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H. Taft" as 27th U.S. President, 1p, 7x9. On stationery of the White House, Washington, but written from Beverly, Massachusetts, 1912 July 4. To Hon. John W. Griggs, St. John's Salmon Club, Gaspe, Province of Quebec, Canada. In full: "Mrs. Taft and I thank you cordially for the salmon which you were good enough to send us, and which has arrived in good condition. We will enjoy it immensely." Taft, who writes about food, weighed between 300-332 pounds, and was the heaviest of the U.S. Presidents. JOHN W. GRIGGS, who had served as Governor of New Jersey (1895-1898), McKinley's Attorney General (1898-1901) and a Judge on the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague (1901-1912), was an avid hunter and fisherman. Two weeks before this letter was written, Taft had been renominated for President at the Republican National Convention. Supporters of Theodore Roosevelt walked out of the convention and, on June 19, 1912, formed the Progressive Party, which held its own convention in August, nominating Roosevelt for President. This split in the Republican Party resulted in Democrat Woodrow Wilson winning the Presidency with just 41.8% of the popular vote. Creased. Mid-horizontal fold through top of signature.

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