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William Taft Dies at 72

27th President of the United States and 10th Chief Justice, William Howard Taft, died in his home at the age of 72 on March 8, 1930.

William Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 15, 1857 into an important political family. Taft attended private school, followed by Yale University (where he was a member of the infamous Skull & Bones club), then graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Because of his family’s status, he moved up through the political ranks rather quickly.

Taft started out as a county prosecutor, graduated to a state judge position, was appointed to U.S. Solicitor General, and then spent some time in Asia acting as governor general of the Philippines. In 1904, Taft became secretary of war to President Theodore Roosevelt, who persuaded him to run for President during the next election.

Riding the popularity of Theodore Roosevelt, Taft won easily in the election of November 1908 and assumed the presidency on March 4, 1909. While in office, he focused on trust busting, civil service reform, and the economic development of nations in Latin America and Asia. Taft was not reelected for a second presidential term, but was appointed as the 10th Chief Justice of the United States by President Warren G. Harding.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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