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William Howard Taft
27th President of the United States
(March 4, 1909 to March 3, 1913)
Nickname: None listed.
Born: September 15, 1857, in Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: March 8, 1930, in Washington, D.C.
Father: Alphonso Taft
Mother: Louisa Maria Torrey Taft
Married: Helen Herron (1861-1943), on June 19, 1886
Children: Robert Alphonso Taft (1889-1953); Helen Herron Taft (1891-1987); Charles Phelps Taft (1897-1983)
Education: Graduated from Yale College (1878); Cincinnati Law School (1880)
Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:
- Judge in Ohio Superior Court, 1887-90
- U.S. Solicitor General, 1890-92
- U.S. Circuit Court Judge, 1892-1900
- Governor of the Philippines, 1901-04
- Secretary of War, 1904-08 (under T. Roosevelt)
- Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1921-30
Presidential Salary: $75,000/year
Presidential Election Results:
||William H. Taft
||William J. Bryan
|| Woodrow Wilson
|| Theodore Roosevelt
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Vice President: James S. Sherman (1909-12)
- Secretary of State
- Philander C. Knox (1909-13)
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Franklin MacVeagh (1909-13)
- Secretary of War
- Jacob M. Dickinson (1909-11)
- Henry L. Stimson (1911-13)
- Attorney General
- George W. Wickersham (1909-13)
- Postmaster General
- Frank H. Hitchcock (1909-13)
- Secretary of the Navy
- George von L. Meyer (1909-13)
- Secretary of the Interior
- Richard A. Ballinger (1909-11)
- Walter Lowrie Fisher (1911-13)
- Secretary of Agriculture
- James Wilson (1909-13)
- Secretary of Commerce and Labor
- Charles Nagel (1909-13)
- William Howard Taft -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
- Compiled by the White House.
- William Howard Taft -- from Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States - MSN Encarta
- Grolier Online has created this resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana. Contains a full biography, written by Henry F. Pringle, author of The Life and Times of William Howard Taft, along with suggestions for further reading.
- William Howard Taft -- from The American President
- From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
- Inaugural Address (1909)
- Abolishment of war throughout the world. (2:30)
- RealAudio | MP3 (1,180K)
- From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University under the leadership of Dr. Maurice Crane.
Other Internet Resources:
- William Howard Taft National Historic Site
- The Cincinnati, Ohio birthplace and childhood home of Taft. Tourist information is available.
Points of Interest:
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