Taft in 1909
Yale College photograph of Taft
Secretary of War Alphonso Taft
Sultan Jamalul Kiram II with William Howard Taft of the Philippine Commission in Jolo, Sulu (March 27, 1901)
Roosevelt introduces Taft as his crown prince: Puck magazine cover cartoon, 1906.
One of a series of candid photographs known as the Evolution of a Smile, taken just after a formal portrait session, as Taft learns by telephone from Roosevelt of his nomination for president.
1908 Taft/Sherman poster
1908 electoral vote results
1909 inauguration
Newton McConnell cartoon showing Canadian suspicions that Taft and others were only interested in Canada when prosperous.
Taft and Porfirio Díaz, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, 1909
Official White House portrait of Taft by Anders Zorn, c. 1911
Taft promoted Associate Justice Edward Douglass White to be Chief Justice of the United States.
1909 Puck magazine cover: Roosevelt departs, entrusting his policies to Taft
Taft with Archibald Butt (second from right)
Taft and Roosevelt – political enemies in 1912
Campaign advertisement arguing Taft deserved a second term
Electoral vote by state, 1912. States won by Taft are in red.
Taft (left) with President Warren G. Harding and Robert Lincoln at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial, May 30, 1922
Chief Justice Taft, c. 1921
The U.S. Supreme Court in 1925. Taft is seated in the bottom row, middle.
Time cover, June 30, 1924
Taft insisted that Charles Evans Hughes succeed him as chief justice.
Taft's headstone at Arlington National Cemetery
Four-cent stamp issued for Taft (1930)

He was also the founder of the Taft political dynasty, and father of President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft.

- Alphonso Taft

His father, Alphonso Taft, was a U.S. attorney general and secretary of war.

- William Howard Taft
Taft in 1909

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Taft family

The Taft family of the United States has historic origins in Massachusetts; its members have served Ohio, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Utah, and the United States in various positions such as U.S. Representative (two), Governor of Ohio, Governor of Rhode Island, U.S. Senator (three), U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Secretary of War (two), President of the United States, and Chief Justice of the United States.

The Taft family of the United States has historic origins in Massachusetts; its members have served Ohio, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Utah, and the United States in various positions such as U.S. Representative (two), Governor of Ohio, Governor of Rhode Island, U.S. Senator (three), U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Secretary of War (two), President of the United States, and Chief Justice of the United States.

His son, Alphonso Taft, was born in Townshend, Vermont, and attended Yale University, where he founded the Skull and Bones society.

He later was Secretary of War and Attorney General of the United States and the father of President William Howard Taft.

Horace Dutton Taft

American educator, and the founder of The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, United States.

American educator, and the founder of The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, United States.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the younger brother of William Howard Taft of the powerful Taft family.

He went on to Cincinnati Law School, but passed the bar after his second year and practiced law briefly at a firm with his father Alphonso Taft.

Taft c. 1910-1915

Charles Phelps Taft

American lawyer and politician who served as editor of the Cincinnati Times-Star and owned both the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs baseball teams.

American lawyer and politician who served as editor of the Cincinnati Times-Star and owned both the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs baseball teams.

Taft c. 1910-1915
"Brother Charley" shown as part of president Taft's entourage
1908 drawing by Marguerite Martyn of Louise Taft, left, and Anna Sinton Taft, right

He was the eldest child born to Fanny Phelps (1823-1852) and Alphonso Taft (1810–1891).

Among his younger half-brothers was William Howard Taft (1857–1930), the 27th President of the United States and 10th Chief Justice of the United States, and Horace Dutton Taft (1861–1943), the founder of The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, to which he donated $150,000 in 1929.

Robert A. Taft

American politician, lawyer, and scion of the Republican Party's Taft family.

American politician, lawyer, and scion of the Republican Party's Taft family.

President Taft and his family (1912)
Taft during his Senate tenure, from the US Senate Historical Office collection
Rudolf Anton Bernatschke's portrait of Taft standing in front of what would later become the Frances Perkins Department of Labor Building on Constitution Avenue.

The elder son of William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States and 10th Chief Justice of the United States, Robert Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was a grandson of Attorney General and Secretary of War Alphonso Taft, and the elder son of President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Helen Louise "Nellie" Herron.

The emblem of Skull and Bones

Skull and Bones

Undergraduate senior secret student society at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Undergraduate senior secret student society at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

The emblem of Skull and Bones
The tomb before the addition of a second wing
A 2009 view of the tomb from across High Street
Yearbook listing of Skull and Bones membership for 1920. The 1920 delegation included co-founders of Time magazine, Briton Hadden and Henry Luce.

William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft co-founded "the Order of the Skull and Bones".

Among prominent alumni are former president and Chief Justice William Howard Taft (a founder's son); former presidents and father and son George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush; Chauncey Depew, president of the New York Central Railroad System, and a United States Senator from New York; Juan Terry Trippe, Founder & CEO, Pan American World Airways (Pan Am); Joseph Gibson Hoyt, the first chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis; Supreme Court Justices Morrison R. Waite and Potter Stewart; James Jesus Angleton, "mother of the Central Intelligence Agency"; Henry Stimson, U.S. Secretary of War (1940–1945); Robert A. Lovett, U.S. Secretary of Defense (1951–1953); William B. Washburn, Governor of Massachusetts; and Henry Luce, founder and publisher of Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated magazines.

Louise Taft

Louisa Maria "Louise" Torrey (September 11, 1827 – December 8, 1907) was the second wife of Alphonso Taft, and the mother of U.S. President William Howard Taft.

Taft House

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Historic house at 2038 Auburn Avenue in the Mount Auburn Historic District of Cincinnati, Ohio, a mile north of Downtown.

Historic house at 2038 Auburn Avenue in the Mount Auburn Historic District of Cincinnati, Ohio, a mile north of Downtown.

Taft House
View of the house, 1970
Street view of the house
Visitor center/Taft Education Center

It was the birthplace and childhood home of William Howard Taft, the 27th president and the 10th chief justice of the United States.

William Howard Taft's father, Alphonso Taft, came to Cincinnati from Vermont in 1838 to establish a law practice.