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William Howard Taft Biography and Facts For Kids


William Howard Taft’s parents were of moderate wealth and some political influence in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was born on 15 September 1857. He graduated from Yale College in 1878 and was awarded a law degree by Cincinnati Law School in 1880. William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States and later the 10th Chief Justice of the United States. He is the only person to have served in both offices.

As twenty-seventh president of the United States and a chief justice, failed to rise adequately to the challenges of the times, despite his many strong qualities. Although thoroughly honest, he had certain deficiencies that detracted from success in politics. He was devoid of qualities of showmanship, unskilled in managing the fourth estate, conservative in his political and social views, and distrustful of the military viewpoint.

Fun Facts And Trivia About William Howard Taft

When was William Howard Taft born: September 15, 1857
Where was William Howard Taft born: Cincinnati, OH
What was William Howard Taft’s job before becoming president: Lawyer
Who was William Howard Taft married to: Helen Herron Taft
What number president was William Howard Taft: 27th
What political party did William Howard Taft belong to: Republican
Who was William Howard Taft’s vice president: James S. Sherman
When was William Howard Taft president: 1909-1913
How many terms did William Howard Taft serve as president: 1
When did William Howard Taft die: March 8, 1930
How old was William Howard Taft when he died: 72
Where is William Howard Taft buried: Arlington, VA

Timeline Of The Life Of William Howard Taft

1857 Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
1878 Graduated Yale College
1880 Graduated Cincinnati Law School
1886 Married Helen Herron.
1892 Appointed judge of U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
1901 Appointed governor of the Philippines.
1904 Appointed Secretary of War.
1908 Elected President of the United States.
1909 Admiral Robert E. Peary discovered the North Pole.
1910 The Mexican Revolution began.
1910 Post Office Department established the Postal Savings System.
1910 Taft threw out the “First Ball” at the major league season game.
1911 Explorer Roald Amundsen discovered the South Pole.
1912 The Republic of China was established, with Sun Yat-sen as provisional president.
1912 Bull Moose Campaign started.
1912 Defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson.
1912 New Mexico became a state.
1912 Arizona became a state.
1913 The 16th Amendment came to be, which gave Congress the legal power to levy income taxes.
1921 Appointed Chief Justice of the United States.
1930 Died in Washington, D.C.