William H. Taft
Wife: Helen Herron (1861-1943), on June 19, 1886
Kids: Robert Alphonso Taft (1889-1953); Helen
Herron Taft (1891-1987); Charles Phelps Taft (1897-1983)
Pets: Wayne the cow
Bio: William Howard Taft (1857-1930), was the
27th President Of The United States and 10th chief justice
of the United States. Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio,
on Sept. 15, 1857. His father, Alphonse, was a lawyer
who served in President Ulysses S. Grants cabinet.
William grew up in Cincinnati, and graduated with distinction
from Yale in 1878,and then from Cincinnati Law School
in 1880. He got a job as the assistant prosecuting attorney
of Hamilton county, but yearned for a judicial post.
In 1887, a year after marrying Helen Herron of Cincinnati,
he was appointed to an Ohio superior court vacancy in
In 1890, Taft moved to Washington to fill the post of
solicitor general under McKinley. He then held a succession
of positions including U.S. judge for the 6th district,
civil governor of the Philippines, and Secretary of
War under Roosevelt.
He accepted the Republican nomination and was elected
in 1908. Taft continued the agenda of Roosevelts
administration by working diligently to break up monopolies
and promote conservation. Taft also helped to create
the Department of Labor, and annexed Arizona and New
Mexico, the last of the 48 contiguous states.
After retirement, Taft served as professor of law at
Yale University and joint chairman of the National War
Labor Board during World War I. In 1921, President Harding
appointed Taft to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Suffering from heart disease, Taft retired from the
court on Feb. 3, 1930. A little over a month later,
he died in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 1930.