Heavy Horse Power

William Howard Taft on Horseback

Prior to becoming President, William Howard Taft served as Governor General of the Philippines. After going on a goodwill mission to one of the Philippine islands and spending the day traveling by horseback through the mountains, he sent a telegram to Secretary of War Elihu Root, briefing him on the day’s activities: “Stood trip well. Rode horseback twenty-five miles to five thousand feet elevation.”

Root, obviously mindful of Taft’s 320 pounds, immediately responded: “Referring to your telegram … how is the horse?”


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