William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft
William Howard Taft
  • Born: September 15, 1857
  • Died: March 8, 1930
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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William Howard Taft was the 27th president of the United States (1909–1913) and the tenth chief justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have held both offices. Taft was elected president in 1908, the chosen successor of Theodore Roosevelt, but was defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson in 1912 after Roosevelt split the Republican vote by running as a third-party candidate. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed Taft to be chief justice, a position in which he served until a month before his death.

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William Howard Taft There are so many people in the country who don't like me.
Theodore Roosevelt …Taft has reached and passed the nadir of his unpopularity.
Theodore Roosevelt Dollar Diplomacy
United Mine Workers of America Taft can mine it - Hartley can haul it.
Anonymous The Big Chief
Michael Burleigh [William Howard] Taft was the last serious anti-interventionist presidential candidate in U. S. history.
Helen Herron Taft I did what no President’s wife had ever done. Some of the Inaugural Committee expressed their disapproval, but I had my way and in spite of protests, took my place at my husband’s side.
Harper's Weekly He is not a … politician who would sacrifice his soul for office; he is not a member of Congress who would promise anything to win a second term. He represents all that is best in American manhood involving integrity of character, a sane mind, and the loftiest of motives.
Theodore Roosevelt Oh, things will be all right. I have left Taft sitting on the lid.
Theodore Roosevelt Taft is as fine a fellow as ever sat in the President’s chair, and I cannot express the measureless content that comes over me as I think that the work in which I have so much believed will be carried on by him.
William Allan White No other friendship in our modern politics has meant more to the American people for it has made two most important and devoted public servants wiser, kindlier, and more useful men.
Washington Times Holding It Down
Kansas City Times Says Roosevelt: “I announce no choice, To no man will I lend my voice I have no private candidate, I care not whom you nominate-- Just so it’s Taft.”
Theodore Roosevelt Do not answer [William Jennings] Bryan. Attack him!
Archibald Butt … Nellie Taft is an intellectual woman and a woman of wonderful executive ability.
Helen Herron Taft I have studied the situation gravely and I think I understand it well.
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… his [Charles Evans Hughes’] greatest fault is his failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done. This is a great weakness in any man. I think it was one of the strongest things about [Theodore] Roosevelt. He never tried to minimize what other people did and often exaggerated it.. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… our little brown brothers. Equality & Equal Opportunity
… the blindness and greed of the so-called captains of industry. Business, Commerce & Finance
…it has fallen to you to do a dirty job which your predecessors ought to have done before you. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
an infernal ass Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America. Discrimination & Prejudice
By the liberal interpretation of the term ‘high misdemeanor’ which the Senate has given, there is now no difficulty in securing the removal of a judge for any reason that shows him unfit Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment. Management & Managing Government
Give the woman the ballot and you will make her more important in the eyes of the world. Voters, Voting & Elections
He should be. Were I on the bench, I would give him one quickly. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
I am a Unitarian. I believe in God. I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe. Religion & God
I am in favor of helping the prosperity of all countries because, when we are all prosperous, the trade of each becomes more valuable to the other. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Trade
I am not sure that I can make the epigrams that you are hunting for. The truth is you have a pretty old horse to run and you’ve got to take me as I am. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I am willing to undergo the disadvantage in order to make certain that in the future we shall reduce the power of money in politics.. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I cannot be more aggressive than my nature makes me,. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I could not accept such a large sum from anyone outside my own family. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don’t care for the Presidency if it has to come by compromise with Senator Foraker. I would never strike a bargain to endorse a man who has consistently opposed the policies and programs of the Roosevelt Administration. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have no love for American politics.. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I have one consolation, No candidate was ever elected ex-president by such a large majority. Voters, Voting & Elections
I look forward with hope to increasing the already good feeling between the South and the other sections of the country. My chief purpose is not to effect a change in the electoral vote of the Southern States. That is a secondary consideration. What I look forward to is an increase in the tolerance of political views of all kinds and their advocacy throughout the South, and the existence of a respectable political opposition in every State; even more than this, to an increased feeling on the part of all the people in the South that this Government is their Government, and that its officers in their states are their officers. Miscellaneous
If I were now presiding in the Supreme Court of the United States as Chief Justice, I should feel entirely at home, but with the troubles of selecting a Cabinet and the difficulties in respect to the revision of the tariff, I feel just a bit like a fish out of water.
If railway men are wise, they will not hinder it . Railroads are a public institution—an institution which must be regulated by law. You cannot run the railroads as you would run a private business. You must respond to the public demand. Regulation & Deregulation
In the Department of Agriculture, the use of scientific experiments on a large scale and the spread of information derived from them for the improvement of general agriculture must go on.
Intelligent white Southerners are ready to see Negroes as useful members of the community Equality & Equal Opportunity
It is a very dangerous method of upholding reform to violate the law in so doing, even on the ground of high moral principle, or saving the public. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
It is for the benefit of them and to the public that laborers should unite in their common interest and for lawful purposes. If they stand together, they are often able, all of them, to command better prices for their labor than when dealing singly with rich employers … Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
It is our duty to persuade the nations of the world, in whatever way that we can, to settle their differences in some other way. (Other than war) United Nations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Make your judges responsible. Impeach them. Impeachment of a judge would be a very healthful thing in these times Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people. Nature ;Human Nature
Of course we want prosperity, but we wish prosperity in such a way … so that everybody will get his share, and that it will not be confined to a few who monopolize the means of production or the means of transportation, and thus prevent that equality of distribution that we all like to see. Equality & Equal Opportunity
One hears the things he likes to hear. Human Nature
Politics, when I am in it, makes me sick. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Popular elections are uncertain. Voters, Voting & Elections
Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Presidents may go to the seashore or to the mountains. Cabinet officers may go about the country explaining how fortunate the country is in having such an administration, but the machinery at Washington continues to operate under the army of faithful non-commissioned officers, and the great mass of governmental business is uninterrupted. Bureaucracy
Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that to-day is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
Substantial progress toward better things can rarely be taken without developing new evils requiring new remedies. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The Federal Constitution has stood the test of more than a hundred years in supplying the powers that have been needed to make the Central Government as strong as it ought to be, and with this movement toward uniform legislation and agreements between the States I do not see why the Constitution may not serve our people always. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The importance of supervising the business of great railways and industrial combinations and the necessary investigation and prosecution of unlawful business methods are another necessary tax upon Government which did not exist half a century ago. Regulation & Deregulation
The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The mere declaration by a legislature that a business is affected with a public interest is not conclusive of the question whether its attempted regulation on that ground is justified. Business, Commerce & Finance
The most monstrous men a plea of power in the history of the world Regulation & Deregulation
The negroes are now Americans. Their ancestors came here years ago against their will, and this is their only country and their only flag. They have shown themselves anxious to live for it and to die for it. Encountering the race feeling against them, subjected at times to cruel injustice growing out of it, they may well have our profound sympathy and aid in the struggle they are making. We are charged with the sacred duty of making their path as smooth and easy as we can. Any recognition of their distinguished men, any appointment to office from among their number, is properly taken as an encouragement and an appreciation of their progress, and this just policy should be pursued when suitable occasion offers. Minorities & Women ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
The policy of the United States in the Spanish war and since has given it a position of influence among the nations that it never had before. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The President cannot make clouds to rain and cannot make the corn to grow, he cannot make business good; although when these things occur, political parties do claim some credit for the good things that have happened in this way. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The publishers profess to be the agents of heaven in establishing virtue and therefore that they ought to receive some subsidy from the government. I can ask no stronger refutation to this claim … than the utterly unscrupulous methods pursued by them in seeking to influence Congress on this subject. Lobbying & Special Interests
The Republican approach would compel the trusts to conduct their business in a lawful manner while [William Jennings] Bryan and the Democrats would destroy the entire business in order to stamp out the evils which they have practiced. Regulation & Deregulation
The result of coeducation shows clearly that there is no mental inferiority on the part of girls.
The scope of a modern government has been widened far beyond the principles laid down by the old “laissez faire” school of political writers, and this widening has met popular approval. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The steps which my predecessor took and the legislation passed on his recommendation have accomplished much, have caused a general halt in the vicious policies which created popular alarm, and have brought about in the business world a much higher regard for existing law. Regulation & Deregulation
The United States is unused to Colonial rule and lacks a trained body of colonial administrators and civil servants. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country.
The world is not going to be saved by legislation. Government ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Their methods of doing things are so very different from ours [Taft and his staff], and the people will welcome a change.. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Theodore Roosevelt has become the most dangerous man in American history because of his hold on the less intelligent voters and the discontented. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There are so many people in the country who don't like me. Public Opinion & Polling
There is no legislation—I care not what it is—tariff, railroads, corporations, or of a general political character, that all equals in importance the putting of our banking and currency system on the sound basis … Legislating & Legislative Process
There is nothing so despicable as a secret society that is based upon religious prejudice and that will attempt to defeat a man because of his religious beliefs. Such a society is like a cockroach — it thrives in the dark. So do those who combine for such an end. Secrecy & Transparency
Unless I am presented with evidence that the producers of oil, coal or hides were unable to compete successfully without reduction of wages, then they do not need a duty and their articles should go on the free list.. Taxes
We are all imperfect. We cannot expect perfect government. Human Nature
We are civil officers. We are men of peace. We are here to do justice to the Philippine people, and to secure to them the best government in our power. The people will retain such a measure of popular control as will be consistent with stability and the security of law, order and property. Leaders & Leadership
We are imperfect. We cannot expect perfect government Management & Managing Government
We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
What I am anxious to do is to secure my legislation.... What I want to do is to get through that, and if I can point to a record of usefulness of that kind, I am entirely willing to quit office. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
A government is for the benefit of all the people. Government
A system in which we may have an enforced rest from legislation for two years is not bad.
Action for which I become responsible, or for which my administration becomes responsible, shall be within the law.
As the Republican platforms says, the welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country.
Don't worry over what the newspapers say. I don't. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents - but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea. Truth
Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood.
Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man. Failure
I am afraid I am a constant disappointment to my party. The fact of the matter is, the longer I am president the less of a party man I seem to become.
I am in favor of helping the prosperity of all countries because, when we are all prosperous, the trade with each becomes more valuable to the other.
I am president now, and tired of being kicked around.
I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe.
I do not know much about politics, but I am trying to do the best I can with this administration until the time shall come for me to turn it over to somebody else. Time ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have come to the conclusion that the major part of the work of a President is to increase the gate receipts of expositions and fairs and bring tourists to town. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals, that typify on earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
I think I might as well give up being a candidate. There are so many people in the country who don't like me.
If this humor be the safety of our race, then it is due largely to the infusion into the American people of the Irish brain. Humor
I'll be damned if I am not getting tired of this. It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk.
No, the only things which do not bother me are the elements. I can overcome them without a fight. All one has to do to get the best of the elements is to stand pat and one will win.
Politics makes me sick. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.
The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much.
We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government. Government