William Howard Taft

27th President of the United States
(March 4, 1909 to March 3, 1913)

Nickname: None

Born: September 15, 1857, in Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: March 8, 1930, in Washington, D.C.

Father: Alphonso Taft
Mother: Louisa Maria Torrey Taft
Married: Helen Herron (1861-1943), on June 19, 1886
Children: Robert Alphonso Taft (1889-1953); Helen Herron Taft (1891-1987); Charles Phelps Taft (1897-1983)

Religion: Unitarian
Education: Graduated from Yale College (1878); Cincinnati Law School (1880)
Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

Presidential Salary: $75,000/year

Presidential Election Results:
Year Popular Votes Electoral Votes
1908 William H. Taft
William J. Bryan
7,676,320
6,412,294
321
162
1912 Woodrow Wilson
Theodore Roosevelt
William H. Taft
6,296,547
4,118,571
3,486,720
435
88
8
Vice President: James S. Sherman (1909-12)
Cabinet:

Secretary of State
Philander C. Knox (1909-13)
Secretary of the Treasury
Franklin MacVeagh (1909-13)
Secretary of War
Jacob M. Dickinson (1909-11)
Henry L. Stimson (1911-13)
Attorney General
George W. Wickersham (1909-13)
Postmaster General
Frank H. Hitchcock (1909-13)
Secretary of the Navy
George von L. Meyer (1909-13)
Secretary of the Interior
Richard A. Ballinger (1909-11)
Walter Lowrie Fisher (1911-13)
Secretary of Agriculture
James Wilson (1909-13)
Secretary of Commerce and Labor
Charles Nagel (1909-13)

Notable Events:

Internet Biographies:

William Howard Taft -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
William Howard Taft -- from The American Presidency
Grolier Online has created this resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana. Contains a full biography, written by Henry F. Pringle, author of The Life and Times of William Howard Taft, along with suggestions for further reading.
William Howard Taft -- from The American President
From the PBS series The American President, this biography covers his early life, his presidency, and his legacy. Also includes quotations, links to other websites, and lesson plans.
Historical Documents:
Inaugural Address (1909)
Media Resources:
Audio
Abolishment of war throughout the world. (2:30)
From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University under the leadership of Dr. Maurice Crane.
Other Internet Resources:
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
The Cincinnati, Ohio birthplace and childhood home of Taft. Tourist information is available.
Points of Interest: