The Unique Health And Hygiene Habits Of U.S. Presidents

Grover Cleveland Detested Exercise

President Grover Cleveland fishes in a boat.
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Grover Cleveland was one of the least healthy presidents in history. He detested exercise, categorizing it as “among the dreary and unsatisfying things of life.” He also drank heavily, downing around four bottles of beer per day. At 250 pounds, he was the second-heaviest U.S. president after Taft.

Cleveland also had to receive a secret surgery. In 1893, he spotted a bump on the roof of his mouth. The White House assumed that it was a tumor and pushed him to get surgery. The operation was especially dangerous at the time, but Cleveland survived it.