PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/05/1918 - HFSID 218293
Sale Price $595.00
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
While teaching law at Yale, he signs a typed letter of thanks for a Christmas greeting.
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 7x9. New Haven, Connecticut, 1916 January 5. On personal letterhead to Dr. and Mrs. John Wesley Hill, New York, N.Y. In full: "Mrs. Taft and I thank you and Mrs. Hill for the card f of Christmas and New Year's greetings with which you were good enough to remember us. We appreciate your kind thought of us, and send you in return our best wishes for the New Year. Sincerely yours". 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. After leaving the Presidency, Taft taught at Yale Law School for 8 years until his appointment as Chief Justice. Lightly soiled at edges. Light mailing fold crosses top of signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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