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American President

William Howard Taft (1857–1930)

Portrait of William Howard Taft

Facts at a Glance

Term
27th President of the United States (1909–1913)
Born
September 15, 1857, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nickname
None
Education
Yale College (graduated 1878), Cincinnati Law School (LL.B., 1880)
Religion
Unitarian
Marriage
June 19, 1886, to Helen Herron (1861–1943)
Children
Robert Alphonso (1889–1953), Helen Herron (1891–1987), Charles Phelps (1897–1983)
Career
Lawyer, Public Official
Political Party
Republican
Writings
The Anti-Trust and the Supreme Court (1914), The United States and Peace (1914), Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers (1916)
Died
March 8, 1930, Washington, D.C.
Buried
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
A Life in Brief
William Howard Taft faced the difficult task as President of living up to the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt. Taft so disappointed his predecessor, former mentor, and friend, that Roosevelt opposed his renomination in 1912 and bolted from the Republican Party to form his own “Bull-Moose” party, creating an opening for Democrat Woodrow Wilson in the 1912 presidential election. More »
Our international policy is always to promote peace.
March 4, 1909

Essays on William Howard Taft and His Administration

William Howard Taft
A Life in Brief
Life Before the Presidency
Campaigns and Elections
Domestic Affairs
Foreign Affairs
Life After the Presidency
Family Life
The American Franchise
Impact and Legacy
Key Events
First Lady
Helen Taft
Vice President
James S. Sherman
Secretary of State
Philander C. Knox (1909–1913)
Secretary of War
Jacob M. Dickinson (1909–1911)
Henry L. Stimson (1911–1913)
Postmaster General
Frank H. Hitchcock (1909–1913)
Secretary of the Interior
Richard A. Ballinger (1909–1911)
Walter L. Fisher (1911–1913)
Secretary of the Treasury
Franklin MacVeagh (1909–1913)
Attorney General
George W. Wickersham
Secretary of the Navy
George von L. Meyer (1909–1913)
Secretary of Agriculture
James Wilson (1909–1913)
Secretary of Commerce and Labor
Charles Nagel (1909–1913)

Consulting Editor: Peri E. Arnold

Professor Arnold is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His writings include:

Making the Managerial Presidency: Comprehensive Reorganization Planning, 1905–1996 (University Press of Kansas, 1986)