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Title: William Howard Taft


1
William Howard Taft
  • The 27th President
  • Term was 1908-1912
  • Republican
  • Appointed by Teddy himself to succeed him

2
Taft
  • Distinguished jurist, effective administrator,
    but a poor politician.
  • Taft spent four uncomfortable years in the White
    House.
  • He was a large, jovial, conscientious man.
  • Caught in a battle.

3
Brief Bio
  • Born in 1857 the son of a distinguished judge
  • Graduated from Yale
  • Studied and practiced law in Cincinnati.
  • Rose in politics through Republican judiciary
    appointments.
  • The route to the White House was via
    administrative posts.
  • Secretary of War under Roosevelts
    Administration.
  • Roosevelt then nominated him as his successor.
  • He served one term
  • After his presidency he taught law at Yale for 8
    years.
  • In 1921 he was appointed chief justice for the
    Supreme Court by President Harding.

4
The campaign
  • one of the most uncomfortable four months of my
    life.
  • Progressives were happy to have him in the west.
  • Conservatives were happy to have him in the east.
    (They got rid of Roosevelt).

5
As president
  • Taft didnt believe in stretching of Presidential
    powers.
  • Taft alienated many liberal Republicans who later
    formed the Progressive Party.
  • Taft signed the Payne-Aldrich Tariff after
    campaigning to cut tariffs.
  • This continued high tariffs
  • Taft appointed Richard A Ballinger as secretary
    of the interior.
  • Taft a conservative wanted to leave things as
    they were.

6
Accomplishments
  • His administration initiated 90 antitrust suits
  • The Congress submitted to the states amendments
    for a Federal income tax and the direct election
    of senators.
  • Interstate Commerce Commission was directed to
    set railroad rates.
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