Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Two Man Gentleman Band :: William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft was the 27th President of The United States of America (1909 - 1913) and the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1921 - 1930).

The Two Man Gentleman Band are S. Andy Bean and Condon Fuller. A two-piece band consisting of banjo and upright bass, with kazoo accompaniment for a splash of old-timey authenticity.

Mr. Taft is the only person to ever hold both top positions of the Executive and Judicial branches of the United States government.

Two Man Gentleman Band released their third album this past February and are current amid a tour which will take them across the country twice in the next 5 months.

Taft was a portly fellow and the last President to sport facial hair in office.

Above, Mr. Bean sports a fedora and Mr. Fuller, a bowler.

Two Man Gentleman Band :: William Howard Taft

From Fat Jokes about Taft :

"Justice [David J.] Brewer of the Supreme Court said that 'Taft is the politest man in Washington; the other day he gave up his seat in a street-car to three ladies.'"

"While he was in the Philippines, disturbing reports about his health caused Secretary of War [Elihu] Root to send a cabled inquiry. Taft cabled back that he was perfectly all right -- he had just finished a twenty-five-mile horseback ride and was feeling fine. Root read that, smiled, and sent off another cable of solicitude: 'How is horse?'"

"What are you going to name it when it comes, Mr. President?" asked Senator Chauncey Depew as he patted Taft’s huge stomach. "Well, if it is a boy I’ll call it William," replied Taft. "If it’s a girl, I’ll call it Theodora. But if it turns out to be just wind, I’ll call it Chauncey."

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