William Howard Taft (Big Bill)
By Jorge

There are many important things William Howard Taft did in his life. He was born on September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had two brothers and one sister. He was a well-behaved child who enjoyed playing baseball and was an excellent second basemen. His mother's name was Louisa Maria Torrey Taft and His father's name was Alphonso Taft. He graduated from Yale University and the University of Cincinnati Law School. He married Helen Herron on June 19, 1886. They had three children named Robert, Helen and Charles.

He served as a federal circuit judge of the newly created sixth circuit court from 1892-1900. He was the first President to serve on the Supreme Court. (President Benjamin Harrison named him Solicitor General in 1890). In 1900 President William McKinley asked Taft to head a commission to end U.S. military rule in the Philippines, which had been ceded to the United States after the Spanish-American War. His occupation before becoming Presidenct was a lawyer/public official.

Taft ran for the Republican Party against William J. Bryan. Bryan had 6,412,294 popular votes and 162 electoral votes. Taft had 7,676,320 popular votes and 321 electoral votes. His Vice Presidential running mate was James S. Sherman.

Taft had been chosen by Roosevelt to carry on his progressive polices. Taft was the first President to protect federal land on which oil had been found. This might not be looked at as a compliment but he was the heaviest president and between you and me, he was so large that he got stuck in the presidential bathtub while taking a bath! That is why they gave him the nickname "Big Bill."

After his stormy presidency, Taft settled into a professorship at the Yale Law School in Connecticut and served as co-chairman of the National War Labor Board during World War I. In 1921, President Warren Harding appointed him Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. William Taft lived to be 73 years old and passed away on March 8, 1930 in Washington D.C.

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