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SAR Compatriot Presidents of the United States

William Howard Taft (27th President of the United States)

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft served one term as the twenty-seventh U.S. president. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 15, 1857. Taft graduated from Yale University and the University of Cincinnati Law School. He became the fifth U.S. Solicitor General in 1890. In 1901, he became the first civil governor of the Philippines. In 1904, President Roosevelt nominated Taft to be secretary of war and became the first provisional governor of Cuba in 1906. Three years later in 1909, William H. Taft was elected president.

After his term in office, Taft became a law professor at Yale. In 1921, President Harding appointed Taft as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He died one month after his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court on March 8, 1930, in Washington, D.C., at the age of seventy-two. President Taft is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

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