I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may help prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States. He held the office from March 4, 1909 until March 4, 1913. He was, also, a lawyer, judge, politician, and educator.
William Howard Taft was born in 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had four brothers. After high school, he began to attend Yale College in 1874. He graduated second in his class in 1878. He went on to Cincinnati Law School and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1880. Before graduation, he passed the bar. He then worked at The Cincinnati newspaper full time.
Later in 1880, Taft was appointed Assistant Prosecutor for Hamilton County. In 1882, he became Collector of Internal Revenue for Ohio’s First District. He worked in private practice then in 1887 was appointed to the Superior Court of Cincinnati.
William Howard Taft married Helen Herron in 1886. They had three children. She encouraged her husband’s career drive during their 44 years of marriage.
In 1890, President Harrison appointed Taft Solicitor General of the United States. In 1891, he was appointed by the President to the United States Courts of Appeal. In 1896, Taft became dean and Professor of Property at Cincinnati Law School. In 1901, he reentered politics and became the Governor-General of the Philippines. His next position was to be Secretary of War in 1904. While Secretary of War in 1906, he spent a few weeks as the Provincial Governor of Cuba. He was next elected President of the United States.
While President he reduced trade tariffs, focused on Far East foreign affairs, and intervened in Latin American affairs. He had a significant number of bills passed by Congress, yet he is not known for standout events during his Presidency. He is ranked in the middle of the Presidential pact.
Following the Presidency, Taft returned to Yale Law School as Kent Professor of Law and Legal History. He gave lectures and wrote articles. He remained there from 1913 until 1921. President Harding appointed Taft Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1921. He remained in this position until failing health led to his retirement in 1930.
William Howard Taft died in 1930 after resigning from the Supreme Court. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Places have been named after him and he has memorials. He was a solid and dependable President and a remarkable Chief Justice. Be inspired! Have a bright day!