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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/20/1924 - HFSID 81287

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT He signs a typed letter to a prep school student who has asked for his help. Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft" as Chief Justice, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1924 February 20. On letterhead of the US Supreme Court to Ray E.

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WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
He signs a typed letter to a prep school student who has asked for his help.
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft" as Chief Justice, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1924 February 20. On letterhead of the US Supreme Court to Ray E. Harris, Massanutten Academy, Woodstock, Virginia. In full: "I have your note of January 18th. I am glad if anything I said to you will be useful in the debate. I must, however, insist, that you do not quote me. I thank you for your invitation to visit Woodstock, but I am afraid that my time is so much taken up with my judicial work that it is impossible. With best wishes, 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. Lightly creased and soiled at edges. Mailing fold crosses signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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