William Howard Taft
By: Jack Christie
William Howard Taft was the 27th U.S president and chief supreme court justice. He was born on September 15th, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born into a prominent family in government. He became a lawyer so he could achieve his life long goal of becoming the chief supreme court justice. He was the only person to be both a chief justice and the president. William Howard Taft died in Washington D.C. on March 8th, 1930.
DOB: September 15th, 1857 DOD: March 8th, 1930
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio Place of Death: Washington D.C.
Spouse: Helen Herron Children: Robert A. Taft, Charles Phelps Taft II, Helen Taft
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 15th, 1857. He was 1 of 6 children and the son of Louisa Maria Torrey and Alphonso Taft. William Taft went to a private school for the entirety of his childhood and eventually went to Yale, like his father had done. While at Yale Taft joined a secret society ,that his father co-founded, the Skull and Bones. Taft graduated from Yale in 1878 and went to University of Cincinnati of Law. He got admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association in 1880. In 1886 he met his further wife, who was a friend of his only sister. Her name was Helen Herron.
27th President of the U.S.
William Taft was the 27th president of the United States. He served as president from 1909 to 1913. He only served one term as president. William Taft was more of a conservative than anything else. During his presidency he did not do much but he rejected some bills that would have changed legislation. He ran for a second term but was defeated and did not become president for a second term, ending his time as president.
Time Between President and Court Justice
During the time of being chief supreme court justice and a president he taught at Yale law school. He taught there until President Warren offered him the position of Chief Supreme Court Justice. He happily accepted because this was a life long dream of his.
Chief Supreme Court Justice
He held this position from 1921 to 1930. During this time he did a lot in this position. During his time as Chief Supreme Court Justice he passed the Judge's Act which allowed the Supreme Court to be more selective in the court cases they chose to take. One of his most important decisions was to set a law that limited the president's power to remove federal officials from office. He remained Chief Supreme Court Justice until he died on March 8th, 1930.
Some more random facts
- He is credited with starting the tradition of throwing the first pitch at base ball games.
- He was the first president to own a car
- He was the only president to swear in another president.
- He was the heaviest president to be in office. Weighing at 300 pounds.
Some of the most important thing that happened during William Howard Taft's time were the laws he passed a Chief Supreme Court Justice. Which were the Jury's Act and a law that limited the presidents power. He was the only person to be president and Chief Supreme Court Justice. He did not do much as President but the majority of things he did to law and justice happened while he was Chief Supreme Court Justice.