Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Taft Gained Peaks In Unusual Career

Taft Gained Peaks In Unusual Career. This site has the text of the New York Times obituary for President Taft. It was published on March 9, 1930. Taft died less than a month after retiring as the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

From the site:

Twenty-seventh President of the United States and its tenth Chief Justice, William Howard Taft was the only man in the history of the country to become the head of both the Executive and Judicial Departments of the Federal Government.

Elected to the Presidency to succeed Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 by a tremendous majority, both popular and electoral, he met overwhelming defeat four years later in the political catastrophe which wrecked temporarily the Republican Party, ruptured his long friendship with Roosevelt, who had brought about his first nomination for the Presidency, and resulted in the election of Woodrow Wilson.

The worst beaten Republican candidate who ever ran for the highest office in the nation--for he received only the eight electoral votes of Utah and Vermont--President Taft left the White House with his Administration discredited, although personally he had lost little of the esteem in which he had been held by his fellow countrymen.

His appointment by President Harding as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, an office which by both temperament and training he was better fitted to hold than that of President, came as a realization of a lifelong ambition, and was received with every manifestation of popular approval. It was a "come-back" unprecedented in American political annals.

1 comment:

Jennie W said...

Taft was so much a better justice than a president. And TR offered him on earlier, but Nellie made him turn it down...definitely an instance where I would say he shouldn't have listened to his wife. The White House was her ambition, not his.