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William Howard TaftWilliam Howard Taft: A Chronology of His Life and Career

William Howard Taft spent most of the first 20 years of his career as a lawyer and judge. He had no real interest in politics, but his wife opposed his career as a judge because she felt it was a "fixed groove." Hardly any other President has been so unhappy in office. When he was appointed Chief Justice eight years after leaving the White House, Taft said it was the highest honor he ever received. He wrote: "The truth is that in my present life I don't remember that I ever was President."

September 15, 1857 birthplace Born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1878   Graduated from Yale College.
1880   Admitted to the Ohio Bar.
1881   Named Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Hamilton County, Ohio.
1882   Appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the First District.
1885   Named Assistant County Solicitor for Hamilton County.
June 19, 1886   Married Helen Herron.
1887   Appointed to the Cincinnati Superior Court.
1890   Appointed Solicitor General of the United States.
1892   Appointed judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
1901   Appointed Governor of the Philippines.
1904   Appointed Secretary of War.
1908   Elected President of the United States.
1913   Became Professor of Constitutional Law at Yale University.
1913   Elected president of the American Bar Association.
1917-1919   Chairman of the National War Labor Board.
1921   Appointed Chief Justice of the United States.
March 8, 1930 Taft's grave Died in Washington, D.C.
December 2, 1969 William HowardTaft National Historic Site The William Howard Taft National Historic Site was established.

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