a letter from President Taft
Did You Know?
• He was the first president appointed to the Supreme Court after his presidency.
• He is one of two presidents buried in Arlington Cemetery (See John F. Kennedy).
• He was the first president to have a presidential car.
• Although Taft was the most portly president, he was considered a good dancer, a good tennis player and an average golfer.
Key Events in the Administration
William Howard Taft
(September 15, 1857 - March 8, 1930)
• First Lady: Helen "Nellie" Herron Taft, Wife
• Wife's Maiden Name: Helen Herron
• Number of Children: 3
• Education Level: Graduate
• School Attended: Yale University, University of Cincinnati
• Religion: Unitarian
• Profession: Lawyer, Reporter, Professor, Dean of University of Cincinnati Law School
Public Service:Presidential Places
• Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1909 - 3/3/1913
• Presidency Number: 27
• Number of Terms: 1
• Why Presidency Ended: Defeated
• Party: Republican
• His Vice President(s): James Sherman
• Cabinet Service: Secretary of War (Theodore Roosevelt, 1904-1908)
• Other Offices: Commissioner of the Philippines; Governor-General of the Philippines; Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930)
Methodology and Resources
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
Gravesite: Arlington National Cemetery
Museum: The Taft Museum
C-SPAN in the Classroom
Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
Presidents Programs from
• Programming includes:
• William Howard Taft Life Portrait: From William Howard Taft National Historic Site - Cincinnati, OH
Guests included: David Burton, author, William Howard Taft: In the Public Service; Kurt Topham, superintendent, Taft National Historic Site; Ray Henderson, chief of interpretation,Taft National Historic Site Watch | Order Videotape
• Robert C. Post on Supreme Court Chief Justice William Howard Taft Watch
• Tom Sherlock on Taft's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery Watch
• Andrew Carroll on presidential letters Watch
• Singer/songwriter Oscar Brand on presidential campaign songs Watch
• 1995 Washington Journal on presidents from Ohio, focusing on Taft Watch