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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/20/1908 - HFSID 57255

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT While a candidate for President, Taft signs a letter to a fellow appointee from his tenure as Governor of the Philippines. Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 5¼x8. Hot Springs, Virginia, 1908 August 20. On personal letterhead to Judge John T. McDonough, Albany, New York.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
While a candidate for President, Taft signs a letter to a fellow appointee from his tenure as Governor of the Philippines.
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 5¼x8. Hot Springs, Virginia, 1908 August 20. On personal letterhead to Judge John T. McDonough, Albany, New York. In full: "I have your letter, and thank you for the information which you give me. I hope to hear from you from time to time. Very 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. Taft was the Republican nominee for President when this letter was written, the selection having been made in Chicago the previous month. Three months later (November 3), Taft would defeat Democratic standard bearer William Jennings Bryan, winning 321 of 483 electoral votes. John T. McDonough, a former Secretary of State of New York (1899-1902), was appointed Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court (1903-1904) by President Teddy Roosevelt. McDonough's was also a Philippine delegate to the Republican National Convention of 1904. Fold crosses signature. Lightly creased. Pencil note (unknown hand) at upper right corner. Soiled at lower right edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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