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William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States, between 1909 and 1913. He was also the tenth Chief Justice of the United States and the person to have served in offices. He was born in 1857, the son of a distinguished . He graduated from Yale and practiced law in Cincinnati. He quickly in politics via judiciary appointments made by the Republicans.

Taft was appointed a federal circuit judge at 34. From 1901 to 1903, he served the first civilian Governor-General of the Philippines. While in this he turned the offer of a seat on the Supreme Court. In 1904, President Roosevelt appointed Taft as Secretary of War, which he could remain involved in the Philippines. He also with a revolt in Cuba in 1906.

In 1908, the Republican Convention him as their presidential candidate. He won the first of his career by a comfortable margin. As President, he initiated 80 anti-trust suits; amendments for a federal income ; the direct election of senators; and a postal system pursued. He also pursued "Dollar Diplomacy" in the less-developed of Latin America and Asia.

Despite Taft’s work, he alienated many in his party. He defended an act which continued high tariffs; a agreement with Canada failed, and his team was accused of to carry out Roosevelt's conservation policies. He lost the election and became Chief Justice of the USA. He was so happy with this post that before he died in 1930, he wrote: "I don't remember that I ever was President."

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