William Howard Taft

27th US President William Howard Taft Full Name: William Howard Taft
Nationality: American

Profession: 27th US President
Political Party: Republican
Political Titles: United States Secretary of War, 1st Provisional Governor of Cuba, 1st Provisional Governor of Philippines, United States Solicitor General

Presidential Term: March 4, 1909 - March 4, 1913
Preceded By: Theodore Roosevelt
Succeeded By: Woodrow Wilson

Why Famous: 27th President of the United States (1909–1913), and the only person to serve as both the President and as the Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930). He is typically ranked near the middle of lists of all American Presidents.

Born: September 15, 1857
Star Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, US

Died: March 8, 1930 (aged 72)
Cause of Death: Cardiovascular disease

Married Life

  • 1886-06-19 US President William Taft (28) weds Helen Herron (25) in Cincinnati, Ohio

Historical Events in the Life of William Howard Taft

  • 1901-07-04 William Howard Taft, former Federal judge, is installed as first governor-general of the Philippines and declares amnesty for all insurgents who take an oath of allegiance
  • 1905-07-29 US Secretary of State William Howard Taft makes secret agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Katsura agreeing to Japanese free rein in Korea in return for non-interference with the US in the Philippines
  • 1908-06-16 The Republican Party convenes in Chicago where President Theodore Roosevelt picks William Howard Taft as his successor
  • 1908-11-03 William Howard Taft (R) elected 27th President over William Jennings Bryan
  • 1909-03-04 William Howard Taft inaugrated as 27th US President during 10" snowstorm
  • 1909-08-18 Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.
  • 1909-09-27 US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes
  • 1910-04-14 President Taft begins tradition of throwing out ball on opening day
  • 1911-05-23 NY Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft
  • 1912-06-18 The Chicago national Republican Convention splits between President Taft and Theodore Roosevelt; after Taft is nominated, Roosevelt and progressive elements of the Party form the Progressive Party (also known as the 'Bull Moose Party')
  • 1912-11-05 Woodrow Wilson (D) defeats Theodore Roosevelt (Prog) & President William H. Taft (R)
  • 1913-02-16 US President Taft agrees not to intervene in Mexico
  • 1915-06-17 The League to Enforce Peace is organised at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations
  • 1930-02-03 William Howard Taft resigns as US chief justice for health reasons

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