Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Oct 1987
|11 Feb 2009||converted to EAD (LDC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.|
|Title:||William Howard Taft Letters|
|Quantity:||6 items (SC)|
|Abstract:||Papers of the U. S. President. Outgoing correspondence concerning recommendations for appointments; the raising of a native militia and the use of American engineers in the Philippines; and devising a plan for a government in Manila.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
William Howard Taft (1857-1930) was an American politician who served as U.S. President (1908-1912) and Chief Justitce of the Supreme Court (1921-1930).
|1857||Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 15th|
|1878||Graduated from Yale University|
|1880||Graduated from Cincinnati Law School|
|1880-1892||Solicitor General under President Benjamin Harrison|
|1886||Married Helen Herron on June 19th|
|1892-1900||Judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals|
|1900-1904||Chief Administrator of the Philippines|
|1904-1908||Secretary of War under President Theodore Roosevelt|
|1908-1912||President of the United States|
|1921-1930||Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (nominated by President Warren G. Harding)|
|1930||Died on March 8th; first U.S. President to be buried in Arlington National Cemetary|
The William Howard Taft Letters consist of six outgoing items of Correspondence written between 1891 and 1929. The three items to John Proctor Clarke concern recommendations for appointments. There are also two letters to Lyman Kennon relating to issues concerning the Philippines, including the raising of a native militia and the use of American engineers for construction purposes. In addition is a letter to Henry MacFarland discussing a plan for the government of Manila:
The city is surrounded with such peculiar conditions that we are convinced that we must make it a city of the Archipelago and treat it as Washington has been treated and not as part of a province. In the government of such a city as this the natural tendency to corruption of the Tagalog and Filipino politician would make a popular government here result in a terrible condition of things.
The collection contains one series, Correspondence, which is arranged alphabetically by recipient.
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Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930 -- Correspondence.
Presidents -- United States.
United States -- Politicians and government -- 1865-1933.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Philippines.
Genres and Forms
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
William Howard Taft Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|Clarke, John Proctor|
|SC 52||12 Nov 1891|
|SC 52||10 May 1904|
|SC 52||23 Feb 1929|
|Kennon, Lyman Walter Vere|
|MacFarland, Henry Brown Floyd|
|SC 52||19 May 1901|