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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/22/1906 - HFSID 84876

WILLIAM H. TAFT The Secretary of War asks the Attorney General to support a bill creating an additional judgeship in Cincinnati. Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H. Taft" as Theodore Roosevelt's Secretary of War, 1p, 5½x9. War Department, Washington, 1906 January 22. To Attorney General William H.

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WILLIAM H. TAFT
The Secretary of War asks the Attorney General to support a bill creating an additional judgeship in Cincinnati.
Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H. Taft" as Theodore Roosevelt's Secretary of War, 1p, 5½x9. War Department, Washington, 1906 January 22. To Attorney General William H. Moody. In full: "I transmit to you a copy of a letter which I have received from United States Judge Thompson of Cincinnati, with respect to the necessity for an additional Judge for that district. All I can say is that Judge Thompson is a very hard worker, and that if he finds the work too much for him it is because it is too much for any one man. It would therefore seem wise to pass the bill." Taft had served as judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati (1887-1890), U.S. Solicitor General (1890-1892) and judge of the U.S. Federal Circuit Court (1892-1900), so he was well acquainted with the work faced by Judge Thompson. The district courts have undergone drastic jurisdictional changes. In 1891 they took on all trial court responsibility which formerly had been shared by both them and the circuit courts. Such change naturally resulted in their proliferation, and by 1973 the district courts in the United States numbered ninety-four as compared with thirteen in 1789; thirty-five times as many district judges (both active and retired but active) were required to conduct them. By this letter, it appears that a bill was before Congress to install additional federal judges. The Attorney General is the head of the Department of Justice. Later in 1906, President Roosevelt appointed Attorney General Moody to the Supreme Court, where he served until resigning due to ill health in 1910, when Taft was President. "File" written in unknown hand across top in pencil. "Haloing" of type due to chemical reaction of ink to paper. Nailhead-size stain at lower right blank corner. Fine condition.

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