A report on William Howard Taft

Taft in 1909
Yale College photograph of 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)

The 27th president of the United States (1909–1913) and the tenth chief justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have held both offices.

- William Howard Taft
Taft in 1909

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Front of the old building

Woodward High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

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Public high school located in the Bond Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.

Public high school located in the Bond Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.

Front of the old building

On the day after his election, President Elect William Howard Taft, who graduated from Woodward High School in 1874, laid the cornerstone of a third building, which opened to students in 1910 (39.11056°N, -84.51°W).

Nominees Taft and Sherman

1912 Republican National Convention

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Held at the Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, from June 18 to June 22, 1912.

Held at the Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, from June 18 to June 22, 1912.

Nominees Taft and Sherman
The 1912 Republican National Convention in session
Crowd outside the convention hall

The party nominated President William H. Taft and Vice President James S. Sherman for re-election for the 1912 United States presidential election.

Nominees Taft and Sherman

1908 Republican National Convention

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Held in Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois on June 16 to June 19, 1908.

Held in Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois on June 16 to June 19, 1908.

Nominees Taft and Sherman
The 1908 Republican National Convention in session at Chicago Coliseum.
<center>Secretary of War William Howard Taft of Ohio</center>
<center>Speaker Joseph G. Cannon of Illinois</center>
<center>Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks</center>
<center>Senator Joseph B. Foraker of Ohio</center>
Governor Charles E. Hughes of New York
<center>Senator Philander C. Knox of Pennsylvania</center>
<center>Senator Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin</center>
<center>Former Secretary of the Treasury L. M. Shaw of Iowa</center>
<center>Secretary of the Treasury George B. Cortelyou of New York</center>
<center>Secretary of State Elihu Root of New York</center>
<center>President Theodore Roosevelt</center>
Governor Curtis Guild, Jr. of Massachusetts
Former Governor Franklin Murphy of New Jersey
Governor George L. Sheldon of Nebraska
Representative James S. Sherman of New York
Senator Albert J. Beveridge of Indiana
Governor Albert B. Cummins of Iowa
Senator Jonathan P. Dolliver of Iowa
Attorney General Herbert S. Hadley of Missouri

U.S. Secretary of War William H. Taft of Ohio won Roosevelt's endorsement and received the presidential nomination.

George von Lengerke Meyer

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At naval review in New York Harbor with President Taft and Capt. A. W. Butt

George von Lengerke Meyer (June 24, 1858 – March 9, 1918) was a Massachusetts businessman and politician who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, as United States ambassador to Italy and Russia, as United States Postmaster General from 1907 to 1909 during the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt and United States Secretary of the Navy from 1909 to 1913 during the administration of President William Howard Taft.

The Sixteenth Amendment in the National Archives

Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

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Income tax without apportioning it among the states on the basis of population.

Income tax without apportioning it among the states on the basis of population.

The Sixteenth Amendment in the National Archives

On June 16, 1909, President William Howard Taft, in an address to the Sixty-first Congress, proposed a two percent federal income tax on corporations by way of an excise tax and a constitutional amendment to allow the previously enacted income tax.

Isthmian Canal Commission

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American administration commission set up to oversee the construction of the Panama Canal in the early years of American involvement.

American administration commission set up to oversee the construction of the Panama Canal in the early years of American involvement.

The commission reported directly to Secretary of War William Taft.

Panama Canal

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Artificial 82 km waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean and divides North and South America.

Artificial 82 km waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean and divides North and South America.

Location of Panama between Pacific (bottom) and Caribbean (top), with canal at top center
The panamax ship MSC Poh Lin exiting the Miraflores locks, March 2013
Satellite image showing the location of Panama Canal: Dense jungles are visible in green.
Ferdinand de Lesseps, the French originator of the Suez Canal and the Panama Canal
Excavator at work in Bas Obispo, 1886
Share of the Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique de Panama, issued 29. November 1880 - signed by Ferdinand de Lesseps
The US's intentions to influence the area (especially the Panama Canal construction and control) led to the separation of Panama from Colombia in 1903.
The Culebra Cut in 1896
The Culebra Cut in 1902
Chief engineer John Frank Stevens
Sanitation officer William C. Gorgas
President Theodore Roosevelt sitting on a Bucyrus steam shovel at Culebra Cut, 1906
Construction work on the Gaillard Cut is shown in this photograph from 1907.
General George Washington Goethals, who completed the canal.
The USS Missouri, an, passes through the canal in 1945. The 108' 2" (32.96 m) beams of the Iowas and preceding were the largest ever to transit the Canal.
Pacific Side entrance
Gatun Lake provides the water used to raise and lower vessels in the Canal, gravity fed into each set of locks
Miter lock gate at Gatún
Roll-on/roll-off
ships, such as this one pictured here at Miraflores locks, are among the largest ships to pass through the canal.
Maximum ship sizes for the Panama and Suez canals
Gatun locks showing the "mule" locomotives at work
New Agua Clara locks (Atlantic side) in operation
Neopanamax ship passing through the Agua Clara locks.
A Marion steam shovel excavating the Panama Canal in 1908
The Panama Canal locks under construction in 1910
The first ship to transit the canal, the SS Ancon, passes through on 15 August 1914
Spanish laborers working on the Panama Canal in early 1900s

The commission reported directly to Secretary of War William Howard Taft and was directed to avoid the inefficiency and corruption that had plagued the French 15 years earlier.

Hukuang loan, issued 15. June 1911

Dollar diplomacy

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Not new, as the use of diplomacy to promote commercial interest dates from the early years of the Republic.

Not new, as the use of diplomacy to promote commercial interest dates from the early years of the Republic.

Hukuang loan, issued 15. June 1911

From 1909 to 1913, President William Howard Taft and Secretary of State Philander C. Knox followed a foreign policy characterized as "dollar diplomacy".

Taft–Katsura agreement

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1905 discussion between senior leaders of Japan and the United States regarding the positions of the two nations in greater East Asian affairs, especially regarding the status of Korea and the Philippines in the aftermath of Japan's victory during the Russo-Japanese War.

1905 discussion between senior leaders of Japan and the United States regarding the positions of the two nations in greater East Asian affairs, especially regarding the status of Korea and the Philippines in the aftermath of Japan's victory during the Russo-Japanese War.

The discussions were between William Howard Taft, the United States Secretary of War and Count Katsura Tarō, the Japanese Prime Minister on 27 July 1905.

Franklin MacVeagh

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American politician, lawyer, grocer and banker.

American politician, lawyer, grocer and banker.

Franklin MacVeagh brown medal by George Morgan, (c. 1910)
MacVeagh's grave at Graceland Cemetery

He served as the United States Secretary of the Treasury under President William Howard Taft.