PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/10/1915 - HFSID 102187
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT He signs a typed letter thanking a friend for the gift of a book on American history. Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 7x9¼. New Haven, Connecticut, 1915 January 10. On personal letterhead to William H. Hunt ("My dear Bill"), Montclair, New Jersey.
Sale Price $450.00
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
He signs a typed letter thanking a friend for the gift of a book on American history.
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 7x9¼. New Haven, Connecticut, 1915 January 10. On personal letterhead to William H. Hunt ("My dear Bill"), Montclair, New Jersey. In full: "I thank you very much for your courtesy in sending me a copy of the book entitled, 'Life in America One Hundred Years Ago', which I find upon my return to New Haven, after an absence of several days. I shall read it with much interest and pleasure. I reciprocate fully the good wishes for the New Year which accompany the book. 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. In the years between his Presidency and his appointment as chief justice, Taft taught at Yale Law School. William Howard Hunt (1857-1949), son and namesake of Garfield's Secretary of the Navy, seved as territorial Governor of Puerto Rico while Taft held the same position in the Philippines. As President, Taft appointed Hunt, already a federal judge, to the newly created Commerce Court (1910). Light mailing fold, not at signature. Pinhead-sized dot at upper right. Otherwise, fine condition.
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