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William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft
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Underwood & Underwood, active 1880 - c. 1950
William Howard Taft, 15 Sep 1857 - 8 Mar 1930
c. 1910
Stereoscopic gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet (each): 8 × 7.9 cm (3 1/8 × 3 1/8")
Mount: 8.8 × 17.8 cm (3 7/16 × 7")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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In 1909 Theodore Roosevelt’s hand-picked candidate, William Howard Taft, succeeded him to the presidency. Taft, who regarded Roosevelt as his closest friend, was determined to carry on the former president’s policies. In a letter to Roosevelt after his inauguration and just before Roosevelt began his journey to East Africa, Taft wrote, "My dear Theodore: If I followed my impulse, I should say "My dear Mr. President." I cannot overcome the habit. . . . I want you to know that I do nothing in the Executive Office without considering what you would do under the same circumstances."
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