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President William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) served as the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and as the 10th Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have held both offices. Taft was elected president in 1908 and was defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson in 1912 after Roosevelt split the Republican vote by running as a third-party candidate. William Taft attended Yale and was a member of Skull and Bones secret society. In 1904, Roosevelt made him Secretary of War and he became Roosevelt's hand-picked successor.
After leaving office, Taft returned to Yale as a professor, continuing his political activity and working against war through the League to Enforce Peace. In 1921, President Harding appointed Taft chief justice, an office he had long sought.
"Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood."
[William Howard Taft and his wife Helen "Nellie" Taft at horse show]
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William Howard Taft (seated center) and classmates at the Woodward High School

Photograph shows reproduction of group portrait of Taft and classmates.

Mrs. Taft in Filipina costume / Till's Studio, Manila, Escolta 105.

Photograph shows studio portrait of Helen Herron Taft in elegant gown.

At the Philippines

Photograph shows William Howard Taft, first civilian Governor-General of the Philippines, and others at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Saint Louis, Missouri.

"Bill, ye'd better go up to the barn an' git some more fodder" / J.S. Pughe.

Illustration shows Theodore Shonts milking a cow labeled "Canal Commission" that is feeding on a mixture of hay and money labeled "Appropriation"; Shonts has a bucket labeled "Progress" between his knees. Willi... more

Vice President Fairbanks and Secretary of War Taft, at the President's lawn party - White House

Photograph showing President Theodore Roosevelt, Vice President Fairbanks, and Secretary of War Taft, at White House lawn party.

Simple solution of the Panama labor problem / Ehrhart.

Illustration shows a frenzy of activity as many politicians and capitalists join the labor forces to construct the Panama Canal; Theodore Shonts, chairman of the Isthmian Canal Commission, is standing on the ri... more

Sec. Taft and Gov. Gen. Wright leaving landing place at Manila

Photograph shows Taft and Wright riding in horse-drawn buggy.

Leaving the dock at Yokohama

William Howard Taft and his party leaving the dock at Yokohama.

Back from Bololand / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows a large William H. Taft wearing a stars and stripes turban, with a large knife labeled "The Big Bolo" stuck in his belt, a notice attached stating "For Stand Patters"; he is speaking to a gro... more

Miss Roosevelt and the Royal Princesses

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, and other women and men in formal clothing, on decorated lawn.

Sec. Taft's tug coming up Pasig River

Photograph shows procession of steamboats carrying Taft and his party from the S.S. Manchuria to Manila.

Miss Roosevelt waving "goodbye" at Kobe, on the way to Manchuria

Alice Roosevelt waving good-bye from boat at Kobe, Japan.

The large-ical candidate / Zim.

William Howard Taft standing at door of "the Presidency," holding paper from Justice Brewer recommending him for the Presidency, and saying, "I wonder if Justice Brewer was joking?"

When Taft is president / Frank A. Nankivell.

Illustration shows William H. Taft globe-trotting from the "Washington White House" to the "Guam White House", the "Philippine White House, the "Hawaiin [sic] White House", the "Cuban White House", and the "Por... more

[Political cartoons related to Secretary of War William H. Taft running for president]

Two political cartoons on one sheet: cartoon on left by Clifford Berryman published in the Washington Star, April 28, 1907, shows Taft leaving a dog labeled "Politics" behind in Washington, D.C., as he travels ... more

Exercising the mounts / Frank A. Nankivell 1907.

Illustration shows a bloated William Jennings Bryan with a paper extending from a pocket labeled "Membership Fat Man's Club. W.J. Bryan", riding a diminutive Democratic donkey and William H. Taft riding a dimin... more

"I've got a permit" / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows William H. Taft sitting on the shore of a small fishing hole labeled "Nomination Pool", holding a fishing pole, he has a jug of "White House Apple Jack" next to him; a sign on the right state... more

The Courtship of Bill Taft / Keppler.

Cartoon showing the Republican Party as Priscilla asking Theodore Roosevelt, dressed as a pilgrim, "Why don't you speak for yourself, Theodore?".

The sword of Theodore / Keppler.

Illustration shows a sword labeled "Nomination" stuck deeply into a tree with Theodore Roosevelt and Jacob Riis resting on a large branch, Roosevelt is grinning like the Cheshire cat; on the far right are stand... more

Northfield, Minn. Elephant greeting Taft. Sept. 26

Woman with flag on elephant behind train.

Taft crowd, Norfolk, Neb., 9/30/08

Supporters of William H. Taft walking along railroad tracks.

Crowd to greet Wm. H. Taft, De Witt, Nebraska, 1908

Crowd running along railroad tracks to greet Taft during his campaign tour.

Taft at the phone

William Howard Taft, three-quarters length portrait, facing front, using telephone.

Making medicine / Will Crawford.

Illustration shows William H. Taft and William Jennings Bryan as Native Americans sitting by their tipis, Taft heating his full dinner pail over a small fire, and Bryan beating on a drum labeled "Discontent". J... more

Taft in Iowa

William Howard Taft campaigning from back of train.

William H. Taft's old homestead

Snow view in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The great renunciation / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows the Republican elephant labeled "G.O.P." wearing an engagement ring and William H. Taft wearing a tuxedo, embracing; Taft is smiling, while the elephant is weeping as it holds up a portrait o... more

"The winning of the West" / Will Crawford.

Illustration shows William H. Taft on horseback during a tour of the American West where he is making a campaign stop to address a gathering of cowboys, farmers, lumberjacks, and businessmen. Taft's clothing an... more

The rival salvationists / Keppler.

Illustration shows an annoyed Uncle Sam sitting against a full moon with his hands over his ears, caught between the noise of the "G.O.P. Salvation Army" with William H. Taft on the bass drum and James S. Sherm... more

[William Taft and family in Washington, D.C. home]

Includes William Taft, Mrs. Taft, and children, Helen, Charley, and Robert.

William Howard Taft for President of the United States. 1908

Campaign handbill(?), with head-and-shoulder portrait of William Howard Taft on shield.

The expected / Kep.

Illustration shows Puck as the attending physician to the birth of Uncle Sam's child; Puck emerges from the birthing room to inform Uncle Sam that the child is a boy named Bill.

Taft at Mitchell

William Howard Taft, half-length portrait, standing, facing slightly right, speaking.

William Howard Taft and family

Mr. Taft and son standing; Mrs. Taft seated, outdoors.

The republican hare and the democratic tortoise / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows a turtle with the face of William Jennings Bryan and a rabbit with the face of William H. Taft in a race.

Heaven protect Taft! - there's a reason / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows a vignette cartoon depicting ways to protect President Taft from the weather, the public, and from poisoning and other possible assassination methods. The "Reason", the cartoon states, is Vic... more

"I'll take care of you, Grandma" / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows President William H. Taft kneeling on the arm of a rocking chair, with his arms around the shoulders of an elderly woman, labeled "Ultimate Consumer", who is knitting a large sock.

"The bug-a-boo will get you if you don't take this" / K.

Illustration shows President William H. Taft offering a spoonful of "Square Revision" to an oversized child labeled "Infant Industries", telling her that if she doesn't take the medicine the "Free Trade" bug-a-... more

Under control / Keppler.

Illustration shows Nelson W. Aldrich as a fire chief telling fire fighters Stephen B. Elkins, Joseph G. Cannon, Sereno E. Payne, and Jacob H. Gallinger to send a fire engine labeled "Lower Tariff" back to the s... more

Trimming the pampered darling

William Howard Taft saying, "Stop kicking! I might cut your head off!," as he cuts long curls of girl "hold-up profits," with scissors "revision."

Big Bill Dido and the sailing of Aeneas / Keppler.

Illustration shows William H. Taft as Dido weeping as the ship of Aeneas labeled "T.R." sails away toward the horizon.

A May-day-dream / L.M. Glackens.

Illustration shows President William H. Taft sitting on a tree branch labeled "Cost of Living", which bends lower under his weight, above a smiling man labeled "Consumer" lying on the ground dreaming of the com... more

William Howard Taft, 1857-1930

Photo shows Taft playing golf while president of the United States.

Discharged as cured / Albert Levering.

Illustration shows a man labeled "Consumer" walking with crutches labeled "Free Oil" and "Free Hides", and heavily wrapped with bandages labeled "Free Valerianic, Free Cerium, Free Acorns, Gambier, Fossils, Fre... more

Genial President Taft and Mrs. Taft returning to White House

President William Howard Taft and his wife riding in horse-drawn carriage with mounted escort enroute to the White House after inauguration on March 4th.

President Taft at Cliff Haven, N.Y.

William Howard Taft seated with Charles Evans Hughes, Cardinal James Gibbons, and three other men of the clergy, with other men standing around them.

President and Mrs. Taft

Photograph shows portrait of William H. and Helen Herron Taft standing in a garden.

The two razors / K.

Illustration shows Uncle Sam shaving with a razor labeled "Taft"; on the vanity is a straight-edge razor labeled "Roosevelt" showing the face of Theodore Roosevelt, also a cup of lather labeled "My Policies".

William Howard Taft, Pres. U.S., 1857-1930

Full length, standing, facing front; Holding golf club.