William Howard Taft Biography

William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States. He is the only person to have served in both of these offices.

Before becoming President, Taft, a Republican, was appointed to serve on the Superior Court of Cincinnati in 1887. In 1890, Taft was appointed Solicitor General of the United States and in 1891 a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 1900, President William McKinley appointed Taft Governor-General of the Philippines. In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Taft Secretary of War in an effort to groom Taft, then his close political ally, into his handpicked presidential successor. Taft assumed a prominent role in problem solving, assuming on some occasions the role of acting Secretary of State, while declining repeated offers from Roosevelt to serve on the Supreme Court.

Riding a wave of popular support for fellow Republican Roosevelt, Taft won an easy victory in his 1908 bid for the presidency. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
William Howard Taft
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Judge, Jurist, Lawyer
Ethnicity:
Scottish American
Religion:
Unitarian Universalism, Unitarianism
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1857
Astrological Sign:
Virgo
Date of Death:
March 8, 1930
Age at Death:
72
Cause of Death:
Cardiovascular disease
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