Pres. William Howard Taft Visits Rice

Pres. William Howard Taft, an unknown person, and Edgar Odell Lovett

Pres. William Howard Taft, an unknown person, and Edgar Odell Lovett

On April 21-22, 1920, former Pres. William Howard Taft was invited to the Rice Institute. Along with meeting faculty, students, and prominent members of the Houston community, Pres. Taft gave the inaugural lecture for the Herbert Godwin Lectureship on Public Affairs.

Below is an invitation to Judge James L. Autrey to attend a luncheon with the President.

Invitation to meet Pres. William Howard Taft

Invitation to meet Pres. William Howard Taft

2 thoughts on “Pres. William Howard Taft Visits Rice

  1. President Taft looks pretty trim in that photo. I hate to bring it up, but I presume the Institute didn’t have to provide him a XXXL bath tub during his stay.

    • Actually, he dieted on-and-off throughout his life. According to a New York Times article, he lost weight when he started to consider the presidency, but gained it back by the time of his inauguration. When he died in 1930, he weighed 280 lbs., which was a lighter weight for him.

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