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27 - William Howard Taft

Personal Statistics:

Birth Date: September 15, 1857

Birthplace: Family home, Mount Auburn section of Cincinnati, Ohio

Father: Alphonso Taft (1810-1891)

Mother: Louisa Maria Torrey (1827-1907)

Height at Prime: 6 feet 2 inches

Physical Description: Heaviest president (weighed about 332 pounds), chestnut hair, blue eyes, handlebar mustache

Religion: Unitarian

Wife: Helen Herron (June 2, 1861 – May 22, 1943)

Marriage Date: June 19, 1886

Marriage Place: Home of bride’s parents, Cincinnati, Ohio

Children:

-- Robert Alphonso Taft (September 8, 1889 – July 31, 1953)

-- Helen Herron Taft Manning (August 1, 1891 – February 21, 1987)

-- Charles Phelps Taft (September 20, 1897 – June 24, 1983)

Death Date: March 8, 1930

Place of Death: His home, Washington, District of Columbia

Cause of Death: Arteriosclerotic heart disease

Final Words: Unknown

Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Professional Statistics:

Commissioner of the Philippines (1900-1901)

Governor-General of the Philippines (1901-1904)

Secretary of War (1904-1908)

27th President of the United States (1909-1913)

Political Party: Republican

His Vice President: James Schoolcraft Sherman (1909-1912)

Events During Presidency:

Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act (1909)

Mann-Elkins Act (1910)

Dollar Diplomacy

Antitrust Policy

New Mexico admitted to the Union (1912)

Arizona admitted to the Union (1912)

Webb-Kenyon Interstate Liquor Shipments Act (1913)

Sixteenth Amendment ratified (1913)

Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930)


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