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Portrait, William Howard Taft

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)

Religion: Unitarian
Education: Graduated from Yale College (1878); Cincinnati Law School (1880)
Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

Presidential Salary: $75,000/year

Presidential Election Results:
Year Popular Votes Electoral Votes
1908 William H. Taft 7,676,320 321
William J. Bryan 6,412,294 162
1912 tiny U.S. flag Woodrow Wilson 6,296,547 435
tiny U.S. flag Theodore Roosevelt 4,118,571 88
William H. Taft 3,486,720 8

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)

Notable Events:

Internet Biographies:

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.

Historical Documents:

Inaugural Address (1909)

Media Resources:

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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