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Taft, William Howard

Born: 1857 AD
Died: 1930 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Presidents

1857 – Born on September 15th in Cincinnati, Ohio. Twenty-seventh President of the United States and the first American president buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

1874 – William Howard Taft attended the public schools of Cincinnati, graduated at the Woodward High School of that city, and in the autumn entered Yale College, where he took high rank as a student and was prominent in athletics and in the social life of the institution.

1878-1880 – He graduated second (salutatorian) in his class, and began to study law in Cincinnati College, where he graduated, dividing the first prize for scholarship. He was admitted to the Ohio bar.

1881-1883 – He was appointed assistant prosecuting attorney of Hamilton county (in which Cincinnati is situated), but resigned on being appointed collector of internal revenue of the United States for the first district of Ohio. The work was distasteful, however, and he resigned to return to the law.

1885-1887 – He served as assistant solicitor of Hamilton county, and in the latter year was appointed judge of the Superior Court of Ohio to fill a vacancy.

         – Married Helen Herron on June 19th.

1888-1890 – He was elected by the people in the next year and served, when he was appointed solicitor-general of the United States by President Benjamin Harrison.

1892 – Appointed a judge of the Sixth Circuit, United States Court, and became known as a fearless administrator of the law.

1900-1904 – He was asked by President William McKinley to accept the presidency of the Philippine Commission charged with the administration of the islands.

         – The urgent request of the president and his cabinet, he accepted and served. On the establishment of civil government in the islands, on the 4th of July, he became governor, ex officio.

1909-1913 – He became the Twenty-seventh President of the United States.

         – He signed Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act.

1915-1919 – The president of American Red Cross.

1921 – Supreme Court chief justice.

1930 – Died from heart failure on March 8th in Washington, D.C. and burried in Arlington National Cemetery, section 30, lot S-14.