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William Howard Taft


The 27th president of america and 10th Main Justice from the Supreme Courtroom who famously hated being president. He was an intramural heavyweight wrestling champ during his Yale undergraduate years. His Little league to Enforce Peacefulness sought to discover solutions to globe problems. Sadly, he was greatest kept in mind as the chief executive who got trapped in the bath tub, despite the tale not being accurate. His dad, Alphonso Taft, was Lawyer General and Secretary of Battle under Chief executive Ulysses S. Give. He was Secretary of Battle under Chief executive Theodore Roosevelt, his forerunner.

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Full Name William Howard Taft
Date Of Birth September 15, 1857
Died March 8, 1930, Washington, D.C., United States, May 22, 1943, Washington, D.C., United States
Place Of Birth Cincinnati, OH
Height 1.82 m
Profession US President
Education University of Cincinnati College of Law, Yale College, Woodward High School, University of Cincinnati
Nationality American, American
Spouse Helen Herron Taft, William Howard Taft
Children Robert A. Taft, Charles Phelps Taft II, Helen Taft Manning, Robert A. Taft, Charles Phelps Taft II, Helen Taft Manning
Parents Alphonso Taft, Louise Taft
Siblings Charles Phelps Taft, Henry Waters Taft, Horace Dutton Taft, Frances Louise Taft, Peter Rawson Taft II
Star Sign Virgo

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1Inducted into the International Mustache Hall of Fame in 2015 (inaugural class) in the category Politics & Leadership.
2While a professor at the University of Cincinnati School of Law, he advised one of his students, Miller Huggins, to pursue baseball after Huggins realized that he could make more money playing baseball than practicing law. Huggins played for the Cincinnati Reds (1904-1909), and the St. Louis Cardinals (1910-1916), then managed the Cardinals (1913-1917), and New York Yankees (1918-1929).
3Father of US senator Robert A. Taft.
4Great grandfather of Ohio governor Bob Taft.
5When he died in 1930, he left the bulk of his estate, valued at $475,000 to his wife, Helen.
6One of two presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetary, the other being John F. Kennedy.
7In 1929 Taft kept forgetting the words when he swore Herbert Hoover in as President. It has been suggested that Taft may have been displaying symptoms of Alzheimer's disease at the end of his life.
8In 1914, he awarded the winner's cup in a fat-baby contest to the then one-year-old Lloyd Bridges.
9His great-grandson, Robert Alphonso Taft II (Bob Taft), was the Governor of Ohio (1 January 1, 1999 - 8 January 2007).
10Taft was hand-picked to run for the presidency by Theodore Roosevelt when he announced that he would not run for a second term. But Roosevelt was unhappy that many of the policies that he had put into motion were slowly unraveling in Taft's administration. So when Taft ran for reelection Roosevelt, who had been Taft's best friend, turned on him and began to speak horribly of him in public. It hurt Taft greatly that his friend turned on him, but still he was satisfied that the office had gone to Woodrow Wilson and not the ingrate Roosevelt. The two never spoke again.
11He is the only former president ever to have sworn in a new president into office. In 1923 he swore in Calvin Coolidge while serving as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
12No one had more humor about Taft's weight than Taft himself. Once, he famously joked that he was the ultimate gentleman because he gave up his seat on a streetcar to three ladies.
13At well over 300 pounds he was the heaviest of all of the American Presidents. Once he famously became stuck in the White House bathtub and had to be pried out. Afterwards a wider tub, built especially for him, was installed.
14Although he was famous for his weight, he actually lost 137 pounds after leaving the office. He jokingly said it was because the weight of the job was finally off his shoulders.
15Goaded into running for the presidency by Theodore Roosevelt, Taft actually hated the job. He preferred the less stressful position of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
16He become part of the only Presidential election in American history in which the men running were a former president (Theodore Roosevelt), an incumbent (Taft) and a future president (Woodrow Wilson).
17First former President of the United States to receive the honor of a lying in state who did not die in office.
18First President of 48 contiguous states.
19Seventh cousin twice removed of President Richard Nixon.
20President of the United States, 4 March 1909 - 4 March 1913.
21Chief Justice of the United States; 11 July 1921 (date took oath) - 3 February 1930 (resigned shortly before his death).
22Children: daughter Helen; sons Charles and Robert A. Taft.
23Only person to become President of the United States and Chief Justice of the United States.
24Pictured on a US 4¢ regular series postage stamp issued 4 June 1930.
25Buried with his wife at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
26Pictured on the 50¢ US postage stamp in the Presidential Series, issued 8 December 1938.



The President's Pardon1913ShortWilliam Howard Taft - Former President of the USA



Pathé News, No. 541916ShortHimself
Hearst-International News Pictorial, No. 531916Documentary shortHimself
Selig-Tribune, No. 251916ShortHimself
Taft Playing Golf1915ShortHimself
The Patriot1913ShortHimself, Outgoing President
Inauguration Ceremonies1913Documentary shortHimself, Outgoing President
Inauguration of President Wilson1913Documentary shortHimself
The Latest Addition to the U.S. Navy1912Documentary shortHimself - President of the U.S.A.
Taft's Day at Brockton Fair1912Documentary shortHimself
A Visit to Our President's Summer Home1912Documentary shortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 411912ShortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 351912ShortHimself
Animated Weekly, No. 221912Documentary shortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 261912ShortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 251912ShortHimself
Presidential Possibilities1912Documentary shortHimself
Uncle Hiram Visits Washington1912Documentary shortHimself
Animated Weekly, No. 101912Documentary shortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 181912ShortHimself
Animated Weekly, No. 71912Documentary shortHimself
The Burial of the Maine1912Documentary shortHimself
Taft and His Cabinet1912Documentary shortHimself - President
Pathé's Weekly, No. 111912ShortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 101912ShortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 91912ShortHimself
President Taft Signing the Arizona Bill1912Documentary shortHimself
Hutchinson, Kansas, Semi-Centennial Celebration1912Documentary shortHimself (as President Taft)
President Taft Dedicating the Naval Training Station at Chicago, Il.1911Documentary shortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 481911ShortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 471911ShortHimself
President Taft at San Francisco1911Documentary shortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 451911ShortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 441911ShortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 431911ShortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 411911ShortHimself
The Last G.A.R. Parade at Rochester, N.Y.1911Documentary shortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 401911ShortHimself
Pathé's Weekly, No. 371911ShortHimself
The Vitagraph Monthly of Current Events1911/IShortHimself
President Taft in the Far West1909Documentary shortHimself
The Presidential Inauguration Film1909Documentary shortHimself
Entrevista de los Presidentes Díaz-Taft1909Short documentaryHimself
Taft in Chicago, and at the Ball Game1909Documentary shortHimself
Inauguration of President William H. Taft1909Documentary shortHimself
With Taft in Panama1909Documentary shortHimself
Presidential Possibilities1908Documentary shortHimself
Sec'y Taft's Address & Panorama1904Documentary shortHimself

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Archive Footage

How to Win the US Presidency2016DocumentaryHimself
The Drunken Peasants2016TV SeriesHimself
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History2014TV Series documentaryHimself
America's Book of Secrets2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Presidents2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Modern Marvels2004TV Series documentaryHimself - President of the USA
Where History Lives: A Tour of the White House2004TV Short documentaryHimself
Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of the American Century2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The White House1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Experience1990-1996TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Chief Justice of the United States
Inside the White House1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Portraits of Presidents: Presidents of a World Power (1901-)1992Video documentaryHimself
Project XX1957TV Series documentaryHimself - President
I Never Forget a Face1956Short documentaryHimself
The Littlest Expert on My Favorite President1951ShortHimself
Forgotten Treasure1943ShortHimself
March of the Movies1933Himself, film clip (uncredited)

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1I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe.
2A system in which we may have an enforced rest from legislation for two years is not bad.
3I do not know much about politics, but I am trying to do the best I can with this administration until the time shall come for me to turn it over to somebody else.
4I'll be damned if I am not getting tired of this. It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk.
5As the Republican platforms says, the welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country.
6No, the only things which do not bother me are the elements. I can overcome them without a fight. All one has to do to get the best of the elements is to stand pat and one will win.
7I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals, that typify on earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God.
8Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man.
9The world is not going to be saved by legislation.
10I have come to the conclusion that the major part of the work of a President is to increase the gate receipts of expositions and fairs and bring tourists to town.
11Action for which I become responsible, or for which my administration becomes responsible, shall be within the law.
12I think I might as well give up being a candidate. There are so many people in the country who don't like me.
13I am afraid I am a constant disappointment to my party. The fact of the matter is, the longer I am president the less of a party man I seem to become.
14Don't worry over what the newspapers say. I don't. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents - but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea.
15Politics makes me sick.
16I am in favor of helping the prosperity of all countries because, when we are all prosperous, the trade with each becomes more valuable to the other.
17Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.
18If this humor be the safety of our race, then it is due largely to the infusion into the American people of the Irish brain.
19No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.
20Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.
21A government is for the benefit of all the people.
22Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood.
23We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.
24Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment.
25We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.
26I am president now, and tired of being kicked around.
27The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much.
28Substantial progress toward better things can rarely be taken without developing new evils requiring new remedies.
29Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America.

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