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William Howard Taft

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William Howard Taft
Hi, my name is Helen Herron Taft.
Today I will be talking about my husband William Howard Taft.
He was the 27th president of the United States.
And was born on September 15th, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He had 5 siblings, two half brothers, two brothers and a sister.
Life After Presidency
After leaving the White House, He taught at Yale University Law School.
He later was chief justice of the United States Supreme Court by President Harding.
He also served as chief justice until his death on March 8th, 1930.
He died of heart disease and high blood pressure.
Fun Facts
People say he got stuck in the White House's bathtub, but that is a myth.

Unlike most families, we had a pet cow Pauline Wayne.

He was the only president to serve in both offices.

And was the last president to rock facial hair while in office.
Before Becoming a President
At the age of 27, I married William Howard Taft on June 19th, 1886.
He worked as a lawyer for a few years before being appointed judge of the Cincinnati Superior Court in 1887.
In 1900 President McKinley urgently requested that he would go to Washington and assigned him to the Supreme Court.
Although, William held all of these positions, it was never enough for Me. I wanted the White House.
After Roosevelt was elected President in 1904, he promised not to seek presidency again in 1908 and promoted William as his successor.
Life as a President
Roosevelt did not run again in 1908. When he announced he was not available, the convention nominated William.
He carried all states but three, and his victory was overwhelming.
While serving as president, He negotiated rates with railroads and improved the performance of the postal service.
After 4 years in the White House, He agreed to run for a second term, but was defeated by Woodrow Wilson.
by Riley Schneider
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