William Howard Taft

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US President
Date of Birth September 15, 1857
Place of Birth Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death Mar 8, 1930 (72)
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William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft was the 27th president of the United States and the tenth Chief Justice of the United States, the only person to have held both offices. Taft was elected president in 1908, the chosen successor of Theodore Roosevelt, but was defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson in 1912 after Roosevelt split the Republican vote by running as a third-party candidate. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed Taft to be chief justice, a position in which he served until a month before his death. Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1857. His father, Alphonso Taft, was a U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of War. Taft attended Yale and, like his father, was a member of Skull and Bones. After becoming a lawyer, Taft was appointed a judge while still in his twenties. He continued a rapid rise, being named Solicitor General and as a judge of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1901, President William McKinley appointed Taft civilian governor of the Philippines.

Born: September 15, 1857, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died: March 8, 1930, Washington, D.C, U.S.
Resting place: Arlington National Cemetery
Political party: Republican
Children: Robert, Helen, Charles
Parents: Alphonso Taft, Louise Torrey
Education: Yale University (BA), University of Cincinnati (LLB)
Vice President: James S. Sherman (1909–1912), None (1912–1913)
Preceded by: Theodore Roosevelt
Succeeded by: Woodrow Wilson
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About William Howard Taft

The 27th president of the United States and 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who famously hated being president.

Before Fame

He was an intramural heavyweight wrestling champion during his Yale undergraduate years.


His League to Enforce Peace sought to find solutions to world problems. Unfortunately, he was best remembered as the president who got stuck in the bathtub, despite the story not being true.

Family Life

His father, Alphonso Taft, was Attorney General and Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant.


He was Secretary of War under President Theodore Roosevelt, his predecessor.

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