William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft's Grave - Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

 

  • Twenty-seventh President (1909-1913)
  • Religion: Unitarian
  • Party: Republican

William Howard Taft Offices Held

  • Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court (1921-1930)
  • Provisional Governor of Cuba (1906)
  • US Secretary of War (1904-1908)
  • Governor-General of the Philippines (1901-1903)
  • Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (1892-1900)
  • US Solicitor General (1890-1900)

William Howard Taft Nicknames

  • Big Bill
  • Big Lub
  • Old Bill
  • Big Chief
  • Big Will
  • Sleeping Beauty

William Howard Taft Pets

  • Cows (Mooly Wooly and Pauline Wayne {last cow at the White House})
  • Dog (named Caruso)

William Howard Taft Personal Traits

  • Height: 5 feet – 11-1/2 inches

William Howard Taft Quotes

The world is not going to be saved by legislation.
Politics makes me sick.
The President cannot make clouds to rain and cannot make the corn grow, he cannot make business good; although when these things occur, political parties do claim some credit for the good things that have happened in this way.
A government is for the benefit of all the people.
Socialism 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.
The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much.
Nobody ever drops in for the evening.
I am president now, and tired of being kicked around.
Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood.
I 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 tourist to town.
Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.
Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment.
I 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.
There is nothing so despicable as a secret society that is based upon religious prejudice and that will attempt to defeat a man because of his religious beliefs. Such a society is like a cockroach - - it thrives in the dark. So do those who combine for such an end.
I 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.
No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.
I 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.
I 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.

 

William Howard Taft Timeline – Family

  • November 5, 1810 Alphonso Taft (Father) born in Millbury, Massachusetts.
  • March 28, 1823 Fanny Phelps Taft (Father’s First Wife) born in Townshend, Vermont.
  • September 11, 1827 Louisa Marie ” Louise” Torrey Taft (Mother) born in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • August 29, 1841 Alphonso Taft (Father) marries Fanny Phelps (Father’s First Wife) in Townshend, Vermont.
  • December 21, 1843 Charles Phelps Taft (Half Brother) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • May 10, 1846 Peter Rawson Taft (Half Brother) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • November 4, 1848 Mary Taft (Half Sister) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • November 29, 1848 Mary Taft (Half Sister) dies in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • May 12, 1850 Alphonso Taft (Half Brother) born in Townshend, Vermont.
  • March 2, 1851 Alphonso Taft (Half Brother) dies in Townshend, Vermont.
  • December 22, 1851 Alphonso Taft (Half Brother) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • June 2, 1852 Fanny Phelps Taft (Father’s First Wife) dies in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • June 21, 1852 Alphonso Taft (Half Brother) dies.
  • December 26, 1853 Alphonso Taft (Father) marries Louisa Marie ” Louise” Torrey (Mother) in Millbury, Massachusetts.
  • February 1855 Samuel Davenport Torrey Taft (Brother) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • April 8, 1856 Samuel Davenport Torrey Taft (Brother) dies in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • September 15, 1857 William Howard Taft born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • May 27, 1859 Henry Waters Taft (Brother) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • June 2, 1861 Helen “Nellie” Herron Taft (Wife) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • December 28, 1861 Horrace Dutton Taft (Brother) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • July 18, 1865 Frances Louise “Fanny” Taft (Sister) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • June 19, 1886 William Howard Taft marries Helen “Nellie” Herron (Wife) at her parent’s house in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • June 3, 1889 Peter Rawson Taft (Half Brother) dies in Mount Auburn, Ohio.
  • September 8, 1889 Robert Alphonso Taft (Son) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • May 21, 1891 Alphonso Taft (Father) dies in San Diego, California.
  • August 1, 1891 Helen Herron Taft Manning (Daughter) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • September 20, 1897 Charles Phelps Taft II (Son) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • December 8, 1907 Louisa Marie ” Louise” Torrey Taft (Mother) dies in Millbury, Massachusetts.
  • December 31, 1929 Charles Phelps Taft (Half Brother) dies in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • March 8, 1930 William Howard Taft dies in Washington DC.
  • January 28, 1943 Horrace Dutton Taft (Brother) dies.
  • May 22, 1943 Helen “Nellie” Herron Taft (Wife) dies in Washington DC.
  • August 11, 1945 Henry Waters Taft (Brother) dies in New York City, New York.
  • January 5, 1950 Frances Louise “Fanny” Taft (Sister) dies in San Diego, California.
  • July 31, 1953 Robert Alphonso Taft (Son) dies in New York City, New York.
  • June 24, 1983 Charles Phelps Taft II (Son) dies in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • February 21, 1987 Helen Herron Taft Manning (Daughter) dies in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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