About 18 years after Williams Howard Taft passed away, his lookalike Kathy Bates was born. Kathy Bates is an award-winning actress, and William Howard Taft is best known for serving as President of the United States. While not playing an active role in politics, Bates’ slight connection to the Presidency can be traced back to her great-great-grandfather who served as President Andrew Jackson's doctor. Let’s see how else we can connect the dots:
In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed William Howard Taft Secretary of War. Kathy Bates played the role of Dr. Regina Jackson, Secretary of Defense, in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).
Taft attended Yale College and became a member of the Beta chapter of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. Kathy attended Southern Methodist University, where she became a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
Judging by this pic, could Bates be a long-lost member of the Taft family?
Academic, Supreme Court Justice, U.S. President / 1857 - 1930
William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States, fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court, becoming the only person to have served as both a U.S. chief justice and president.
Film Actress, Theater Actress, Television Actress / 1948 -
Award-winning actress Kathy Bates starred as a deranged fan opposite James Caan in Misery, and as a comically emancipated housewife in Fried Green Tomatoes.