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William HowardTaft
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Did You Know?

He was the first president appointed to the Supreme Court after his presidency.
He is one of two presidents buried in Arlington Cemetery (See John F. Kennedy).
He was the first president to have a presidential car.
Although Taft was the most portly president, he was considered a good dancer, a good tennis player and an average golfer.


Key Events in the Administration

William Howard Taft
(September 15, 1857 - March 8, 1930)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Helen "Nellie" Herron Taft, Wife
Wife's Maiden Name: Helen Herron
Number of Children: 3
Education Level: Graduate
School Attended: Yale University, University of Cincinnati
Religion: Unitarian
Profession: Lawyer, Reporter, Professor, Dean of University of Cincinnati Law School

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1909 - 3/3/1913
Presidency Number: 27
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Defeated
Party: Republican
His Vice President(s): James Sherman
Cabinet Service: Secretary of War (Theodore Roosevelt, 1904-1908)
Other Offices: Commissioner of the Philippines; Governor-General of the Philippines; Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930)
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: William Howard Taft National Historic Site
Gravesite: Arlington National Cemetery
Museum: The Taft Museum

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Programming includes:

William Howard Taft Life Portrait: From William Howard Taft National Historic Site - Cincinnati, OH
 Guests included: David Burton, author, William Howard Taft: In the Public Service; Kurt Topham, superintendent, Taft National Historic Site; Ray Henderson, chief of interpretation,Taft National Historic Site Watch | Order Videotape
Robert C. Post on Supreme Court Chief Justice William Howard Taft Watch
Tom Sherlock on Taft's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery Watch
Andrew Carroll on presidential letters Watch
Singer/songwriter Oscar Brand on presidential campaign songs Watch
1995 Washington Journal on presidents from Ohio, focusing on Taft Watch  

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