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William Howard Taft

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Definition 27th President of the United States and later chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1857-1930)
  • Taft initiated 80 antitrust law suits.
  • He is one of only two presidents buried there—the other being William Howard Taft, who died in 1930.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • William Howard Taft was in the White House, Europe still drowsed in the dusk of the great century of peace, America was a young country, and the future stretched before it in beams of crystal sunlight.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • They walk past shimmering marble busts of dead chief justices-a grumpy Charles Evans Hughes, a stately John Marshall, a sweetly dopey William Howard Taft-under a marble ceiling that's got to be eighty feet up.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It's like, if you or me sat down and read a book about, say, the presidents, and we read that William Howard Taft was the fattest president and one time he got stuck in a bathtub,"— that might click in our brains as interesting, and we'd remember it, right?"
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • And the Senator's father was William Howard Taft, who knew well the meaning of political courage and political abuse when he stood by his Secretary of Interior, Ballinger, against the overwhelming opposition of Pinchot, Roosevelt and the progressive elements of his own party.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage

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