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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - ORIGINAL ART SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: LEVON FAIRCHILD WEST - HFSID 38428

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT and LEVON FAIRCHILD WEST William Howard Taft signs an original drawing of himself done by Levon Fairchild West. Original Art signed: "Wm H Taft". Original pencil portrait, 15¼x18. Also signed by the artist: "Levon/Fairchild/West" in pencil.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT and LEVON FAIRCHILD WEST
William Howard Taft signs an original drawing of himself done by Levon Fairchild West.
Original Art signed: "Wm H Taft". Original pencil portrait, 15¼x18. Also signed by the artist: "Levon/Fairchild/West" in pencil. WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT (1857-1930), the only man to serve as both U.S. President (1909-1913) and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1921-1930), was handpicked by Theodore Roosevelt to be his successor. Unhappy in the White House, Roosevelt's former Secretary of War nevertheless proved to be a better "trust buster" than his mentor. Taft attempted to reduce Republican-supported tariffs and empowered the Interstate Commerce Commission to end railroad abuses. He started the process leading to a federal budget, sponsored a bill requiring candidates to reveal campaign expenses and initiated the postal savings system. Taft's decisions, reflecting the conservative rather than progressive Republican platform, led to a parting with Roosevelt, and Taft lost his bid for a second term, finishing third behind Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson and Roosevelt. Reaching the pinnacle of his career as Chief Justice, 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. He was also instrumental in obtaining congressional funds for a new Supreme Court building. American artist LEVON FAIRCHILD WEST (1900-1968) is best known for his oil portraits. He also did portraits in pencil of notables of his day, including Charles A. Lindbergh as well as Taft. Lightly creased. Minor pencil smudges at some areas. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 27¼x36¾.

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