PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 03/20/1909 - HFSID 35647
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT 11x14 black and white publicity photograph of William Howard Taft. Large Photograph inscribed and signed: "For my friend Edward McLean with regards and/best wishes of/Wm H Taft/March 20 1909." at lower margin. B/w, 11¾x16 overall, image 11x14 (one surface). © Clinedin St/Washington, D.C.
Sale Price $2,380.00
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
11x14 black and white publicity photograph of William Howard Taft.
Large Photograph inscribed and signed: "For my friend Edward McLean with regards and/best wishes of/Wm H Taft/March 20 1909." at lower margin. B/w, 11¾x16 overall, image 11x14 (one surface). © Clinedin St/Washington, D.C. Sixteen days after his inauguration as the 27th U.S. President, WILLIAM H. TAFT (1857-1930), the only man to serve as both President (1909-1913) and Chief Justice (1921-1930), signed this impressive photograph for EDWARD McLEAN, the playboy publisher of the "Washington Post". McLean's socialite wife, Evalyn, purchased the "hard luck" Hope Diamond, possibly explaining the death of their eldest son, the breakup of their marriage and Edward's incurable insanity (in 1933, he was committed to an asylum; he died there in 1941). Hand-picked by Theodore Roosevelt to be his successor, Taft proved to be a better "trust buster" than his mentor. He empowered the Interstate Commerce Commission to end railroad abuses, started the process leading to a federal budget and sponsored a bill requiring candidates to reveal campaign expenses. Taft's conservative decisions led to a parting with the liberal Roosevelt and prevented him from securing a second term. Reaching the pinnacle of his career as the 10th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Taft supported the Judiciary Act of 1925, which gave the overburdened Court greater ability to determine the number and type of cases it would hear. Slightly soiled at blank margins. ½-inch tear at lower right margin, minor gouges at upper right background. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 23½x34¾.
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