The Presidents of the USA

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William Taft
1909-1913


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William Howard Taft
 

birthplace

Cincinnati, OH

birthday

September 15

Life

1857-1930

age

OFC:51 , d. 72

party

Republican

presidency highlights

"Dollar Diplomacy" — Enhancement of antitrust policies

nickname:

Big Will, Big Lub

vice-president:

James Sherman (1909-1912), none (1912-1913)
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previous office

10th Chief Justice of USA

key background fact:

Successful 1st governor of Philippines, Roosevelt's’ Sec.of War

occupation

Judge, Dean of Law School

military service

none

children

3:   2 boys  1 girl

wife:

Helen Herron (1886)

height

6' 0'' / 1.83 m

higher education

University of Cincinnati, Yale

religion

Unitarian

 

quote

"Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood."

actions & events

  •  Record antitrust suits
  • 1912 New states: Arizona & New Mexico.
  • 1912 US dept. of Commerce created

economy

  • 1909 Payne-Aldrich Tariff. Unpopular. Duties remain high.
  •  US Steel prosecution, made Roosevelt mad.

foreign affairs

  •  'Dollar Diplomacy' ; State dept. coordinates loans to countries

military activity

  • 1912 2500 troops were sent to Nicaragua to protect US interests

unique facts

  • The heaviest president (332)
  • The only president to serve as a Chief Justice (after the presidency)
  • The first to throw out the first ball of baseball season

interesting

Once he was stuck in a large bath tub in the White House (urban legend).
Loved milk and had his own cow in the White House
His life dream was to become Chief Justice.

military activity

  • 1912 2500 troops were sent to Nicaragua to protect US interests

Legacy

A good administrator but without exceptional political and leadership skills. He failed to rise adequately to the challenges of the times, despite his many strong qualities.

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