You can't drown the Government in the bathtub without a tub
April 16, 2012 8:57 PM Subscribe
""Each bathtub was carved in Italy from a single block of Carrara Marble. Three bathtubs were shipped from Genoa, Italy in July, 1859 and reached Baltimore in November of that year. The other three were shipped from Leghorn, Italy in September of 1859, and arrived in New York in January of 1860. The precise dates of the bathtubs' arrival and installation at the Capitol are uncertain, but the Senate Bathing Room is known to have been in operation as of February 23rd, 1860."Roman Mars's 99% Invisible design podcast [previously] explores the once-luxurious Senate bathtubs hidden among the boiler rooms in the basement of the U.S. Capitol.
As a further wrinkle to the story, according to legend, Henry Wilson, Vice President for Ulysses S. Grant's second term, died of pneumonia from using the tubs, and haunted them ever since.
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