27. William Howard Taft

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“Big Bill”

  • Full Name: William Howard Taft
  • Years in Office: 1909–1913
  • Political Party: Republican
  • Nicknames: “Big Bill,” “Bill,” “Big Lub”
  • Age at Inauguration: 51
  • Vice President: James S. Sherman
  • Birth: September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Death: March 8, 1930 in Washington, D.C.
  • Place of Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Ancestry: English, Scotch-Irish
  • Father: Alphonso Taft (1810–1891): Lawyer, Secretary of War (Ulysses S. Grant administration), Attorney General, U.S. Diplomat
  • Mother: Louise Torrey Taft (1827–1907)
  • Wife: Helen (Nellie) Herron (1861–1943)
  • Marriage: June 19, 1886 in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Children: Robert Alphonso (1889–1953); Helen Herron (1891–1987); Charles Phelps (1897–1983)
  • Homes: Cincinnati, Ohio; Washington, D.C.
  • Education: Woodward High School; B.A. from Yale (1878); Cincinnati Law School (1880)
  • Religious Affiliation: Unitarian
  •  Military Service: No
  • Career:
    • Lawyer (1880–)
    • Judge, Ohio Superior Court (1887–1890)
    • U.S. Solicitor General (1890–1892)
    • U.S. Circuit Court Judge (1892–1900)
    • Dean of University of Cincinnati Law School (1896–1900)
    • Governor of the Philippines (1901–1904)
    • Secretary of War: Theodore Roosevelt administration (1904–1908)
    • President (1909–1913)
    • Professor of Law at Yale (1913–1921)
    • Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1921–1930)
  • Writings: The Anti-Trust and the Supreme Court; The United States and Peace; Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers
  • William Howard Taft’s Home

 

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Wm. H. Taft: “Good Times,” chromolithograph published by Allied Printing Trades Council, c. 1908

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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