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Description: William Howard Taft (1857-1930) signed this  nearly pristine, chest-up, sepia-toned photographic portrait of himself finely dressed in a suit and tie. The bottom left corner of the photo is blind-stamped with Harris & Ewing’s beaded oval copyright stamp and is dated 1909, the year Taft became President. Taft neatly penned: “Sincerely yours Wm H Taft” at the blank bottom margin.

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.

9 7/8” x 7”. Item #A01280

Condition: Mounting remnants on verso, otherwise fine condition.