Monday, August 22, 2011

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft 27th President of the United States (1909-1913)

Taft sites that I have visited:

 Taft birthplace home at W. H. Taft National Historic Site Cincinnati, OH

Taft home: "The Quarry" (private property) Cincinnati, Ohio
 Gravesite Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, VA

Me at Taft's birthplace. Cincinatti, OH

Portrait of Taft in his birthplace.

A well furnished room in Taft's birthplace.

Taft Inaugural Bible

Pretending to take the oath

Taft's birthplace in 2017

My kids were with me this time in 2017

The Taft birthplace and boyhood home is very well restored and the National Park Ranger who did our tour was very knowledgeable. They did have alot of cool original Taft belongings including his inaugural Bible and a special chair that he had made up while serving as Governor of the Philipines.

"The Quarry" was Taft's Cincinnati home as a young adult. Now private property

Me at The Quarry

Me at Taft's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery in June 2010

      The above picture is of my daughter Khloe and I at Taft's gravesite on July 4, 2016, we had to hike a couple of miles in a rain storm to get there.
     Taft is buried in Arlington National Cemeter, just across the river from Washington DC. Taft and John F. Kennedy are the only 2 Presidents buried in ANC.

      Taft is best known for 2 things. He was the fattest President who once got stuck in the White House bathtub, and he was the only President to also serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

     He was Theodore Roosevelts hand picked successor. After 4 years Taft wasn't following up on TR's policies as well as TR thought he should. TR challenged him for the Republican nomination in 1912 and lost. So TR ran on the Progressive Bull Moose party ticket, splitting the Republican vote and assuring the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson.

     Taft never really wanted to be President. His life long political ambition was to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. TR and his wife Helen talked him into running in 1908. He ran for re election in 1912 because he didn't want TR to force him out.

     In 1921 his dream came true and President Warren G. Harding appointed him Chief Justice. He died in 1930.

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