William Howard Taft

President and us senator

Early life

William H. Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 15, 1857 he was one of six children. His father served under President Ulysses S. Grant as both secretary of war and attorney general, and as an ambassador under President Chester A. Arthur. Taft went to a private school, like his father. He graduated in 1878 from Yale.

Getting invovled

Before Taft became president he worked for President Theodore Roosevelt as the secretary of war. In 1908 Taft was elected for the presidency and won, he became the 27th president of the United States. After losing to Woodrow Wilson later in his career he was appointed to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He was the only person to hold both positions. He held that position until his death in March of 1930.


Taft was the heaviest president, he weighed 340 pounds, when he became chief of staff he started walk 3 mile and exercising because his health was getting bad. After his death the bridge that he walked over everyday, Rock Cree k, was renamed the Taft Bridge. Taft was also know for being one of the greatest Chief Justice.

His words

"Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood.

"Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever. "


He wanted to be loved and respected while involved in judicial. He had a non-balanced diet of 2 eggs, a pound of bacon, and several pancakes.