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William H. Taft

27th President of the United States

(1909-1913)

"A government is for the benefit of all the people."

--Veto of Arizona Enabling Act, 1911


Full Name: William Howard Taft

Born: September 15, 1857

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Father: Alphonso Taft (1810-1891)

Mother: Louise Torrey Taft (1827-1907)

Wife: Helen Taft (1861-1943)

Married: June 19, 1886

Religious Preference: Unitarian

Previous Experience: Lawyer, judge, U.S. Solicitor General, Secretary of War

Political Party: Republican

Age at Inauguration: 51

Term of Office: March 4, 1909 - March 4, 1913

Vice-President: James S. Sherman (1909-1912)

Post Presidential Office: Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court

Died: March 8, 1930

Age at Death: 72

Place of Burial: Arlington, Virginia

President at Time of Death: Herbert C. Hoover


Election Results

Year Candidate Name Electoral Vote Popular Vote
1908 William H. Taft (R) 321 7,678,908
  William J. Bryan (D) 162 6,409,104
  Eugene V. Debs (S) 0 420,380