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Click here to visit Lincoln Home National Historic web site

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Click Here to visit William Howard Taft National Historic web site

27th President William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft was elected the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and later became the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have served in both of these offices.

Distinguished jurist, effective administrator, but poor politician, William Howard Taft spent four uncomfortable years in the White House. Large, jovial, conscientious, he was caught in the intense battles between Progressives and conservatives, and got scant credit for the achievements of his administration.

Born in 1857, the son of a distinguished judge, he graduated from Yale, and returned to Cincinnati to study and practice law. He rose in politics through Republican judiciary appointments, through his own competence and availability, and because, as he once wrote facetiously, he always had his "plate the right side up when offices were falling."

But Taft much preferred law to politics. He was appointed a Federal circuit judge at 34. He aspired to be a member of the Supreme Court, but his wife, Helen Herron Taft, held other ambitions for him.

Click here to read more about our 27th President

The Presidential biographies on WhiteHouse.gov are from “The Presidents of the United States of America,”
by Frank Freidel and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2006 by the White House Historical Association.

 

Helen Herron Taft

Helen "Nellie" Taft was the wife of President William Howard Taft and First Lady of the United States from 1909 to 1913. During their marriage, she relished travel to Japan, China, and diplomatic missions around the world. 

As "the only unusual incident" of her girlhood, "Nellie" Herron Taft recalled her visit to the White House at 17 as the guest of President and Mrs. Hayes, intimate friends of her parents. Fourth child of Harriet Collins and John W. Herron, born in 1861, she had grown up in Cincinnati, Ohio, attending a private school in the city and studying music with enthusiasm.

The year after this notable visit she met "that adorable Will Taft," a tall young lawyer, at a sledding party. They found intellectual interests in common; friendship matured into love; Helen Herron and William Howard Taft were married in 1886. A "treasure," he called her, "self-contained, independent, and of unusual application." He wondered if they would ever reach Washington "in any official capacity" and suggested to her that they might -- when she became Secretary of the Treasury!

Click Here To Read More About First Lady Helen Herron Taft

The biographies of the First Ladies on WhiteHouse.gov are from “The First Ladies of the United
States of America,” by Allida Black. Copyright 2009 by the White House Historical Association.

Educational Links WWI

The Centennial Commemoration of The United States in World War One
http://worldwar-1centennial.org

Wall Street Journal -
World War I: The War That Changed Everything

http://www.wsj.com/articles/world-war-i-the-war-that-changed-everything-1403300393

The Economist -
Still in the grip of the Great War: the defining event of the 20th Century

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21599798-first-world-war-was-defining-event-20th-century-thousands-books-have

The World Post -
World War One is Key for U.S. Foreign Policy

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ivan-eland/world-war-i-rather-than-w_b_5543998.html

World War I Color Photos
http://worldwaronecolorphotos.com/

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