PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/08/1918 - HFSID 17516
Sale Price $450.00
WILLIAM H. TAFT
William H. Taft sends a letter declining to write an article.
Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H Taft", 1p, 7x5. On his New Haven, Connecticut, stationery, 1918 June 8.To unknown recipient. In full: "I have much pleasure in sending you a photograph [not present] for such use as you choose to make of it in connection with the book to which you refer. However, I am too pressed to write an article for publication. 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. Folds, vertical fold touches the signature. Bottom half of letter head has been cut off. Fine condition.
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