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William Howard Taft:
A Presidential Unit

William Howard Taft was the 26th President of the United States of America. He was born 15 September 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He died 8 March 1930. Taft was the first president to have a car at the White House.

Political Party: Republican
Years Served: March 4, 1909 to March 3, 1913
Vice President(s): James Sherman
Name of his parents: Alphonso Taft and Louisa Maria Torrey
Wife's name: Helen Herron
Yearly Salary as President: $75,000
Physical Stature: 6 feet
State of Birth: Ohio


"Taft was a brilliant student and loved school. He always got good grades. Like Teddy Roosevelt he championed the average American. While President, he was responsible for making conditions in factories better for workers.

Taft didn't want to be President as muc has he longed to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court -- which is exactlywhat he became some years after he left office. He was much happier as a judge than as President."

On Line Lesson Plans:

William Howard Taft from TeacherVision
William Howard Taft
Presidential Thinkquest


Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Grover Cleveland from Enchanted Learning


On Line Resources:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/wt27.html
http://www.nps.gov/wiho/
http://gi.grolier.com/presidents/ea/bios/27ptaft.html
http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres43.html
http://www.americanpresident.org/KoTrain/Courses/WHT/WHT_In_Brief.htm
http://library.thinkquest.org/12587/contents/personalities/wtaft/wht.html
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.com/whtaft.htm
http://www.americanpresidents.org/presidents/president.asp?PresidentNumber=26
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/15taft/15taft.htm
http://www.lib.msu.edu/vincent/presidents/taft.htm


Trivia Questions:

1. What were the names of the Taft children and how many were there? [Answer: Robert Alphonso Taft (1889-1953); Helen Herron Taft (1891-1987); Charles Phelps Taft (1897-1983)]

2. What other political positions did Taft hold? [Answer: Judge in Ohio Superior Court, 1887-90; U.S. Solicitor General, 1890-92; U.S. Circuit Court Judge, 1892-1900; Governor of the Philippines, 1901-04; Secretary of War, 1904-08 (under T. Roosevelt); Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1921-30 ].

3. What was Taft's nickname? [Answer: "Big Bill."]

Of Note:

Taft was the first President to have a car at the White House.

"Big Bill" really was big. He weighed at least 300 pounds. He was so big that he got stuck in the White House bathtub. He had a new one installed -- big enough for four people.

The states admitted to the union during Tafts term were New Mexico and Arizona.

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