Category: US President
William Howard Taft (1857–1930)
William Howard Taft was born on the 15th of September in 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio. William Howard Taft served the United States as the twenty-seventh president from 1909 to 1913. William Howard Taft also served as the tenth Chief Justice of America from 1921 to 1930. William Howard Taft is the only American who has served both as the president and as the chief justice of the United States.
Young William Howard Taft attended the First Congregational-Unitarian Church in Cincinnati with his parents. William Howard Taft joined the Church at his early age and he was an eager participant. As he ascended in the government, he spent modest time in Cincinnati. William Howard Taft was not able to visit the Church that often, but he worshiped when he could.
Before William Howard Taft was chosen as the President of the United States of America, he was a Republican and was appointed to serve on the Cincinnati Superior Court in 1887. Later, William Howard Taft was appointed Solicitor General of the United States of America in 1890 and he was appointed as an arbitrator on the Sixth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals in 1891. William McKinley, then president of the United States of America, appointed Taft as the Governor-General of the Philippines in 1900. In 1904, then President of of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, appointed William Howard Taft as the Secretary of War in an attempt to groom Howard Taft, followed by his close political supporter, into his handpicked presidential heir. William Howard Taft assumed an important role in problem solving, assuming on some circumstances the responsibility of acting Secretary of State, while declining frequent offers from Theodore Roosevelt to work on the Supreme Court.
William Howard Taft won an easy victory in his 1908 nomination bid for the post of president with the riding wave of an admired support for Roosevelt, the fellow Republican. In his only tenure, domestic agenda of William Howard Taft stressed trust-busting, making the Interstate Commerce Commission stronger, civil service reform, passage of the Sixteenth Amendment, and perking up the performance of the postal service. Out of the United States, William Howard Taft looked for further economic development of countries in Asia and Latin America in the course of Dollar Diplomacy, and demonstrated confidence and control in reply to revolt in Mexico. The job-oriented William Howard Taft was unaware of the political consequences of his decisions, often separated his own important constituencies, and was devastatingly defeated in his proposal for a second tenure in the 1912 presidential election. William Howard Taft is typically ranked close to the middle of lists of all presidents of the United States in the reviews of presidential scholars.
After coming out of the office, William Howard Taft spent his time in arbitration, academia, and the search of world harmony in the course of his self-established League to implement peace. Subsequent to the World War I, President William Howard Taft was appointed as Chief Justice of America by then president, Warren G. Harding, in 1921. William Howard Taft served in the capacity of Chief Justice pending shortly before his bereavement in 1930.
William Howard Taft died on the 8th of March 1930 at the age of 72 in Washington, D.C.