PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 04/14/1927 - HFSID 174827
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT Sepia 9¾x13¾ publicity photograph of William Howard Taft as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Photograph inscribed and signed: "For James A. Crotty with best wishes/Wm H. Taft/Washington/April 14th 1927" as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Sale Price $2,400.00
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
Sepia 9¾x13¾ publicity photograph of William Howard Taft as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "For James A. Crotty with best wishes/Wm H. Taft/Washington/April 14th 1927" as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Sepia, 9¾x13¾ overall, 6x9 image (one surface). Photographer's embossed imprint: "Harris & Ewing/Washington, D.C." William Howard Taft (1857-1930) was Governor of the Philippines (1901-1904), Secretary of War (1904-1909), 27th of the United States (1909-1913) and Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court (1921-1930). His bruising convention battle with former ally and patron Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 split the Republican Party, allowing the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson. Taft as President was caught in the middle between progressives and conservatives and constrained by a more limited view of Presidential powers than TR had possessed, but historians tend to view his term of office more positively than did most of his contemporaries. His skills as Chief Justice are widely recognized. In the years between his Presidency and his appointment as chief justice, Taft taught at Yale Law School. Glue stains on verso (no show through). Two pinhead-size stains at lower left edge. Slightly rippled, nail head-size surface nick at upper right blank edge. Overall, fine condition.
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