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William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft
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Edward Jean Steichen, 27 Mar 1879 - 25 Mar 1973
William Howard Taft, 15 Sep 1857 - 8 Mar 1930
1908 (printed 1913)
Image/Sheet: 19.2 × 13.3 cm (7 9/16 × 5 1/4")
Mount: 28.4 × 20.2 cm (11 3/16 × 7 15/16")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.7 cm (22 × 16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Theodore Roosevelt's hand-picked successor to the presidency, William Howard Taft never truly aspired to the nation's highest office. But once elected in 1908, President Taft proved reasonably able, and in many respects his administration represented a continuation of the Progressive policies of his predecessor. Roosevelt came to view matters differently, however, and in the 1912 presidential contest, he launched a third-party candidacy that doomed to failure Taft's bid for a second term. Taft ultimately secured the post he most desired when Congress approved his appointment as Chief Justice of the United States in 1921.
Commissioned by the popular journal Everybody's Magazine to illustrate an article entitled "Roosevelt-Taft-La Follette on What the Matter Is in America and What to Do About It," this portrait of Taft was later included in a special double issue of Camera Work devoted solely to Steichen's work.
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