55 Facts About Howard Taft

1. Howard Taft was president when Iowa State won its last conference title—in the fall of 1912, when it was co-champions with.

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2. Howard Taft appeared at an event and was introduced to the.

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3. In 1909, President William Howard Taft accepted the recommendation of a joint Army-Navy board that Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands be made the.

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4. Howard Taft was generally slow to act, and when he did, his actions often generated enemies, as in the Ballinger–Pinchot affair.

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5. Howard Taft was afraid that Stone would be made chief justice; he did not resign until he had secured assurances from Hoover that Hughes would be the choice.

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6. Howard Taft insisted on going to Cincinnati to attend the funeral of his brother Charles, who died on December 31, 1929; the strain did not improve his own health.

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7. Howard Taft advised the Republican presidents in office while he was chief justice to avoid "offside" appointments like Brandeis and Holmes.

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8. Howard Taft held that as Puerto Rico was not a territory designated for statehood, only such constitutional protections as Congress decreed would apply to its residents.

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9. Howard Taft was lobbying for himself behind the scenes, especially with the Ohio politicians who formed Harding's inner circle.

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10. Howard Taft had a condition for Harding—having served as president, and having appointed two of the present associate justices and opposed Brandeis, he could accept only the chief justice position.

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11. Howard Taft was among those asked to come to the president-elect's home in Marion, Ohio to advise him on appointments, and the two men conferred there on December 24, 1920.

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12. In March 1917, Howard Taft demonstrated public support for the war effort by joining the Connecticut State Guard, a state defense force organized to carry out the state duties of the Connecticut National Guard while the National Guard served on active duty.

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13. Howard Taft supported the effort to get Justice Hughes to resign from the bench and accept the Republican presidential nomination.

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14. Howard Taft was appalled when, after Justice Lamar's death in January 1916, Wilson nominated Brandeis, whom the former president had never forgiven for his role in the Ballinger–Pinchot affair.

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15. In 1913, Howard Taft was elected to a one-year term as president of the American Bar Association, a trade group of lawyers.

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16. Howard Taft had been made president of the Lincoln Memorial Commission while still in office; when Democrats proposed removing him for one of their party, he quipped that unlike losing the presidency, such a removal would hurt.

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17. Howard Taft was not on the ballot in California, due to the actions of local Progressives, nor in South Dakota.

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18. Howard Taft was nominated on the first ballot, though most Roosevelt delegates refused to vote.

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19. Howard Taft appointed judges to various specialized courts, including the first five appointees each to the United States Commerce Court and the United States Court of Customs Appeals.

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20. Howard Taft appointed 13 judges to the federal courts of appeal and 38 to the United States district courts.

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21. Howard Taft took five months to replace Fuller, and when he did, it was with Justice Edward Douglass White, who became the first associate justice to be promoted to chief justice.

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22. Howard Taft told Hughes that should the chief justiceship fall vacant during his term, Hughes would be his likely choice for the center seat.

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23. At the time Howard Taft was inaugurated, the way forward for African Americans was debated by their leaders.

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24. Howard Taft announced in his inaugural address that he would not appoint African Americans to federal jobs, such as postmaster, where this would cause racial friction.

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25. Howard Taft had ordered government officials not to comment on the fracas.

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26. Howard Taft asked Elihu Root to look into the matter, and Root urged the firing of Pinchot.

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27. Howard Taft sent a special message to Congress on the need for a revamped antitrust statute when it convened its regular session in December 1911, but it took no action.

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28. Howard Taft continued and expanded Roosevelt's efforts to break up business combinations through lawsuits brought under the Sherman Antitrust Act, bringing 70 cases in four years.

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29. Howard Taft was a supporter of settling international disputes by arbitration, and he negotiated treaties with Great Britain and with France providing that differences be arbitrated.

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30. Howard Taft continued the policy against immigration from China and Japan as under Roosevelt.

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31. Howard Taft appealed personally to the Prince Regent, Zaifeng, Prince Chun, and was successful in gaining US participation, though agreements were not signed until May 1911.

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32. Howard Taft was against an aggressive response and so instructed the territorial governor.

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33. Howard Taft told his military aide, Archibald Butt, that "I am going to sit on the lid and it will take a great deal to pry me off".

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34. Howard Taft insisted that most imports from the Philippines be free of duty, and according to Anderson, showed effective leadership on a subject he was knowledgeable on and cared about.

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35. Howard Taft called a special session of Congress to convene on March 15, 1909 to deal with the tariff question.

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36. Howard Taft pushed for arbitration treaties with Great Britain and France, but the Senate was not willing to yield to arbitrators its constitutional prerogative to approve treaties.

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37. Howard Taft made it a priority to restructure the State Department, noting, "it is organized on the basis of the needs of the government in 1800 instead of 1900.

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38. Howard Taft began the campaign on the wrong foot, fueling the arguments of those who said he was not his own man by traveling to Roosevelt's home at Sagamore Hill for advice on his acceptance speech, saying that he needed "the President's judgment and criticism".

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39. Howard Taft returned to the islands in 1905, leading a delegation of congressmen, and again in 1907, to open the first Philippine Assembly.

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40. Howard Taft expressed unwillingness to change his position, and threatened to resign; Roosevelt hastily dropped the matter.

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41. In his time in Cuba, Howard Taft worked to persuade Cubans that the US intended stability, not occupation.

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42. Howard Taft wanted Filipino farmers to have a stake in the new government through land ownership, but much of the arable land was held by Catholic religious orders of mostly Spanish priests, which were often resented by the Filipinos.

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43. Howard Taft had, after McKinley's election, urged the appointment of Roosevelt as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and watched as Roosevelt became a war hero, Governor of New York, and Vice President of the United States.

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44. In January 1900, Howard Taft was called to Washington to meet with McKinley.

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45. Howard Taft feared that people would hoard gold in anticipation of a Bryan victory, but he could do nothing but worry.

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46. Howard Taft spent these years, from 1892 to 1900, in personal and professional contentment.

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47. In March 1892, Howard Taft resigned as Solicitor General to resume his judicial career.

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48. Howard Taft was 32 and his professional goal was always a seat on the Supreme Court.

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49. Howard Taft ruled that the union's action amounted to a secondary boycott, which was illegal.

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50. Howard Taft refused to dismiss competent employees who were politically out of favor, and resigned effective in March 1883, writing to Arthur that he wished to begin private practice in Cincinnati.

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51. Howard Taft served for a year as assistant prosecutor, trying his share of routine cases.

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52. Howard Taft is generally listed near the middle in historians' rankings of US presidents.

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53. Chief Justice Howard Taft was a conservative on business issues and under him there were advances in individual rights.

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54. Howard Taft used his control of the party machinery to gain a bare majority of delegates and Roosevelt bolted the party.

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55. Howard Taft was elected president in 1908, the chosen successor of Theodore Roosevelt, but was defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson in 1912 after Roosevelt split the Republican vote by running as a third-party candidate.

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