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Description: On December 8, 1908, the newly elected William Howard Taft (1857-1930) typed and signed this brief, friendly letter to William I. Buchanan (1853-1909), the former U.S. Minister to Argentina (1894-1899) and Panama (1903-1904). The letter reads: “I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your telegram of congratulation, received at the time of the election, and to thank you for sending it and for your kind words of greeting and good wishes.”

Taft began his career as a lawyer in Cincinnati, Ohio and was appointed a judge while still in his twenties. His meteoric rise continued when he was named Solicitor General of the United States (1890-1892) and then a judge of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (1892-1900). He went on to serve as Governor-General of the Philippines, Provisional Governor of Cuba, and Secretary of War under Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt supported Taft to succeed him as the 27th President of the United States, though after only one term, their relationship soured and Roosevelt ran against him in the 1912 campaign, ultimately splitting the vote and helping Woodrow Wilson secure a victory. Taft was appointed Chief Justice of the United States by President Warren G. Harding in 1921, becoming the first and only person to have held both the office of President and Chief Justice.

Typed on an 8 3/8” x 5 3/8” sheet of Taft’s personal “William Howard Taft Cincinnati, Ohio” imprinted stationery. Item #A01297

Condition: Mailing fold lines, tape residue (which does not touch text or signature), ink from typed text has bled slightly, overall good condition.