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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/27/1908 - HFSID 52809

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT As Secretary of War, he signs a typed letter responding to congratulations on his Presidential nomination. Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft" as Secretary of War, 1 page, 4¾x7½. Washington, D.C., 1908 June 27.

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WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
As Secretary of War, he signs a typed letter responding to congratulations on his Presidential nomination.
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft" as Secretary of War, 1 page, 4¾x7½. Washington, D.C., 1908 June 27. On War Department letterhead to Harry Rosenbaum, Oceanus Mfg. Co., New York City. In full: "I beg to acknowledge receipt of your favor of June 20th, and thank you for remembering me and for your kind words of congratulation and offer of support. Very sincerely yours". Having impressed President Theodore Roosevelt with his performance as Governor of the Philippines (1901-1904) and Secretary of War (1904-1909), Taft was Roosevelt's preferred candidate to succeed him. Taft's path to the White House was a smooth one. With TR's support, he captured the Republican Presidential nomination at the Chicago Convention (June 16-19, 1908) and went on to deliver Democratic opponent William Jennings Bryan the sharpest defeat of Bryan's three Presidential bids (321-162 Electoral Votes). Taft's Presidential term was rockier however. His policies, deemed too conservative by Roosevelt, divided the Republican Party. The Democrats captured control of Congress in the mid-term election of 1910. Taft's re-nomination in 1912 proved a hollow victory when Roosevelt mounted a third party challenge, winning more popular votes than Taft. Taft garnered only 8 Electoral Votes in 1912, becoming the only President to finish third in a bid for re-election. Most historians now appraise the Taft Presidency more highly than did his contemporaries, but Taft had a more direct route to vindication. In 1921 he became the 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, serving until 1930. Lightly soiled. Mailing fold, not at signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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