WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th President of the United States (1909-1913). He also was the tenth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1921-1930), appointed by President Warren G. Harding. Taft succeeded Theodore Roosevelt but was defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson in 1912 after Roosevelt split the Republican vote by running as a third-party candidate.
As President, Taft focused on East Asia more than European affairs and repeatedly intervened to prop up or remove Latin American governments. Taft sought reductions to trade tariffs, which was a major source of government income. Taft’s administration was filled with conflict between the conservative wing of the Republican Party with which Taft often sympathized and the progressive wing.
Fine one-page, TLS, 6 ¾ x 9, on White House stationary, September 14, 1912, writing from his Summer home in Beverly, MA, to John Wesley Hill of the Union League Club, Chicago, IL.
“I have your letter of September 12th from Flint, and have been much interested in reading what you have to say. I hope your Michigan friend knows whereof he speaks when he expresses the belief that I will carry the state by fifty thousand.
“I await publication of your Christian Endeavor World article with some misgivings, for, from what you say, I’m afraid you laid it on pretty thick!
“Wm H. Taft
“Rev. Dr. John Wesley Hill,
c/o Union League Club,
In blue, folds and some wrinkling. Else very good and a very fine Taft signature. Comes with a color magazine print of Taft.
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