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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/11/1908 - HFSID 57258

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT As a candidate for President, Taft touts a candidate for New York Attorney General Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 5¼x8. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1908 September 11. On personal letterhead to John A. Stewart, New York, N.Y.

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WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
As a candidate for President, Taft touts a candidate for New York Attorney General
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 5¼x8. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1908 September 11. On personal letterhead to John A. Stewart, New York, N.Y. In full: "No one could wish more than I do the nomination of Job Hedges as Attorney-General, and I have written to Herbert Parsons, Tim Woodruff, and the President, urging his selection. 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. When he wrote this letter, Taft had already received the Republican nomination for President (at Chicago, July 18). Job Hedges, a New York Attorney and author of Common Sense in Politics (1910), would be the (unsuccessful) Republican candidate for Governor of New York in 1912, but he didn't gain the Party's nomination for Attorney General, an elective office, in 1908. Tim Woodruff was the chairman of the New York Republican Party, Herbert Parsons a G. O. P. Congressman from that state. Mailing fold crosses top of signature. Pencil note (unknown hand) in upper right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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