US President William Howard Taft Timeline

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft timeline

Wrestler. Solicitor General. Appeal Court Judge. Peace activist. 27th President of the United States.  10th Chief Justice of the United States. The article below takes a chronological look at the major events in the life of William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States (1909 – 1913) and later 10th Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930).

1857: Born: Cincinnati, Ohio on September 15

1874: Begins his studies at Yale College

1878: Graduates second in his class from Yale

1880: Earns a Bachelor of Laws from Cincinnati Law School and proceeds to take the bar exams in Columbus, Ohio

William Howard Taft

The young William Howard Taft at  Yale College

January 1881 – January, 1882: Works as an assistant prosecutor for Hamilton County

18821883: Appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Ohio’s First District by President Chester A. Arthur

1884: Backs the presidential bid of Republican Party presidential nominee James G. Blaine.

1887: Appointed to a position in Cincinnati Superior Court

1888: Gets re-elected to a five-year term in the Superior Court of Cincinnati

1886: Marries Helen Herron (Nellie)

1890: Taft is appointed Solicitor General of the United States by President Benjamin Harrison

1892: Gets appointed as a judge to the US Court of Appeals Judge (1892-1900) by President Harrison

1896: Appointed dean and professor at the Cincinnati Law School

1901: President William McKinley appoints Taft Governor-General of the Philippines

1902: Turns down a seat in the Supreme Court because he believed that he had a lot more to do in the Philippines

1903: President Theodore Roosevelt appoints Taft Secretary of War

1904: Taft, as secretary of war, supervises the beginning stages of the construction of Panama Canal

1905: For the second time, Taft turns down a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court

1906: After the Cubans request for American support, Taft heads to Cuba and becomes the 1st Provisional Governor of Cuba for about 14 days

1907: Made a trip to the Philippines to attend the opening ceremony of the first Philippine Assembly

1908: Gets Republican Party nomination for president; James S. Sherman, a conservative New York politician, is chosen as his running mate

US President William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft timeline |  A 1908 campaign poster featuring Taft and his running mate Sherman

1908: Wins the general election by defeating veteran Democratic Party politician William Jennings Bryan; Taft garnered 321 electoral votes against 162 pulled by Bryan

March 4, 1909: William Howard Taft is sworn into office as the 27th President of the United States; the ceremony was held in the Senate Chamber owing to bad winter conditions

1909: Visited Mexico to meet up with longtime dictator Porfirio Díaz

1910: Issue of tariffs is heavily discussed in Washington; Taft incurs the anger of the progressives in his party who think he is siding too much with the conservatives.

1911: His administration filed an antitrust lawsuit against U.S. Steel

1912: His administration filed an antitrust lawsuit against International Harvester Company

1912: Sends American troops to occupy Nicaragua

1912: Gets re-nominated by the Republican National Convention for the 1912 presidential election

1912: The fall out between Roosevelt and Taft heightens as Roosevelt left the Republicans to establish the Progressive Party, dooming Taft’s chances in the general election

1912: Loses his bid for a second term in the White House; Taft was defeated by Woodrow Wilson

1913: Term in the White House comes to an end and departs for Yale College

1913: Elected president of the American Bar Association

1921: Confirmed by the Senate as the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

1930: Died at his Washington home on March 8 after close to a decade long battle with intermittent illness. His body was laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft’s headstone at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

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