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William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft

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William Howard Taft
William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) wasthe27th President of the United Statesand later the 10thChief Justice of the United States.
He is the only person to have served in both offices.
Born in 1857 inCincinnati,Ohio, into the powerful Taft family, Taft graduated from Yale College Phi Beta Kappain 1878,and fromCincinnati Law Schoolin 1880.
 Then he worked in a number of local legal positions until beingappointed anOhio Supreme Courtjudge in 1887.
In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt, then a political ally of Taft,appointed TaftSecretary of Warto groom Taft as his successor to thepresidency.
Riding a wave of popular support of President (andfellowRepublican) Theodore Roosevelt, Taft won an easy victory in his 1908 bid for the presidency.
In his first and only term, President Taft's domestic agendaemphasizedtrust-busting,civil service reform, strengthening theInterstate Commerce Commission, improving the performance of thepostal service, and passage of theSixteenth Amendment.
Abroad, Taft sought to further theeconomic developmentof undeveloped nations inLatin AmericaandAsiathrough the method he termed "Dollar Diplomacy.
" However, Taft often alienated his own keyconstituencies, and wasoverwhelmingly defeated in his bid for a second term inthepresidential election of 1912.
After leaving office, Taft spent his time inacademia,arbitration, and the search forworld peacethrough his self-founded League to EnforcePeace. In 1921, after the First World War, PresidentWarren G.Hardingappointed TaftChief Justice of the United States.
 Taft served in this capacity until shortly before his death in1930.
Weighing over 300 pounds on average, Taft was physically theheaviest American president ever elected, and the last president tohave facial hair.
 Taft was born on September 15, 1857, nearCincinnati,Ohio.
His mother,Louisa Torrey, was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.

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