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Secretary Taft

October 20, 1908
Source: The Library of Congress

In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed William Howard Taft as his secretary of war. Taft served in that position until 1908 and became Roosevelt's chief agent, confidant, and troubleshooter in foreign affairs. He supervised the construction of the Panama Canal, made several voyages around the world for the President, supervised affairs in the Philippines, and functioned as the provisional governor of Cuba.

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