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
 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.

The Taft birthplace and boyhood home is very well restored and the National Park Ranger who did our tour knew his stuff. But for the first time the tour I was taking seemed to take longer than I thought that it should. It may have been because we had alot more to see that day. But the tour did seem to drag on. It was interesting though and I certainly don't won't to discourage anyone from taking the tour. I guess that I would rather a tour guide give us to much information then alot of the tour guides that I have come across who don't seem to know even the most basic information. They did have alot of cool original Taft belongings including his inagural Bible and a special chair that he had made up while serving as Governor of the Philipines.

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

     With Khloe at Taft's gravesite in a rain storm. July 2016

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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