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William Howard Taft Biography




William Howard Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 15, 1857. Taft eventually realized his dream of being elected chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1921, becoming the only man to have served both as a chief justice and president. Taft died in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 1930. William Howard Taft, born on September 15, 1857, in Cincinnati, Ohio, was one of six kids of Louisa Maria Torrey and Alphonso Taft.

Taft went to private school and, like his dad, attended Yale College. There, he joined the now-infamous secret society Skull and Bones, which his father co-founded in 1832. Taft graduated from Yale in 1878. Departing from convention, he went to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and was accepted to the Ohio State Bar Association in 1880. Not long after, in 1886, wooed a schoolhood chum of his only sister, Frances: Helen “Nellie” Herron, whom Taft had met in a sledding party.

William Howard Taft Biography