President William H. Taft is remembered as the heaviest president of the United States; he was 5 feet 11 inches tall and his weight peaked at 335–340 pounds toward the end of his presidency in 1913. Later, however, his size decreased, and he weighed just around 244 pounds in 1929. He died in 1930.

Prior to his death by the time Taft became Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court in 1921, his health was starting to decline, and he carefully planned a fitness regimen, walking 3 miles from his home to the U.S. Capitol each day. When he walked after work as well, he would usually go by way of Connecticut Avenue. He would often take the bridge crossing over Rock Creek. So, after his death, the bridge was renamed the Taft Bridge.

Three days following his death, on March 11, he became the first president and first member of the Supreme Court to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. President Taft lived from September 15, 1857 until March 8, 1930.

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