PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/21/1916 - HFSID 57263
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT Signed, typed 1916 letter to magazine editor, stating that he is too busy at present to honor a request Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 8½x10¾. New Haven, Connecticut, 1916 February 21. On personal letterhead to E. H.
Sale Price $765.00
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
Signed, typed 1916 letter to magazine editor, stating that he is too busy at present to honor a request
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 8½x10¾. New Haven, Connecticut, 1916 February 21. On personal letterhead to E. H. Williams, Editor-in-Chief, The Hamiltonian, Chicago, Illinois. In full: "I have your letter of February 17th. I am very busy now, but when I get an opportunity, I may be able to do what you wish me to do. 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, including the year he wrote this letter, Taft taught at Yale Law School. Lightly wrinkled at blank margins. Soiled at lower margin. Mailing fold touches signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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