February 03rd 2020

TOILET TRIVIA TO TRUMP ALL OTHERS. This President’s Day we’re bringing you some White House toilet trivia.

With President’s Day just days away, we’ve been sneaking some cool artifacts related to the facts, the flush and the fineries back in D.C. Before we head on to historical findings, here’s some Presidential toilet news:

President Donald Trump is pushing for nationwide review of water efficiency. ‘People are flushing their toilets 10-15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water’, says Trump. His famous tweets are also getting more volume on the topic and we can’t wait to see what those standards and regulations will lead to.

We found the history of the White House toilet diaries fascinating and are sharing some moments of our country’s inner sanctums:

  • President John Quincy Adams (1825): The very first White House plumbing was introduced, with water being pumped via nine spout holes from an iron garden pump.

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  • President Andrew Jackson (1833): A bathing room was established in the East Wing, with water being piped into the White House for the very first time.

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  • President Millard Fillmore (1851) The first bathtub was installed in the white house, after being a rarity in American homes at the time.

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  • President Franklin Pierce (1853): Significant toilet improvements were made, including a second floor bathroom installation. With luxurious amenities (at the time), hot and cold water were finally being pumped in, discontinuing the use of portable bathtubs and kettle lugging.

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  • There are currently 35 bathrooms in the White House, a huge improvement from the pre 1900 status of just 2 bathrooms servicing White House inhabitants.

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  • In 1902, the White House renovations resulted in silver faucets and handles, as well as white porcelain in the four corner suites.

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  • William Howard Taft (1911): At over 330 pounds and with a nickname of ‘Big Bill’, Taft had a huge 7 foot wide tub installed. The Taft tub was later replaced to a more modern, but still gargantuan, tub.

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Photograph of four men in Taft’s tub, originally published in a 1909 issue of Engineering Review. 

On behalf of the team at Fine Fixtures, we wish you a happy President’s Day!

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