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Description: Former President William Taft (1857-1930) typed this brief missive to Miss Sarah B. Tibbits at the Hotel Brighton in Atlantic City on March 22, 1915. He writes: “I have yours of March 18th, and thank you for sending me Professor Mason’s letter. I think it as fair to Professor Mason as it is to Mr. Lea, that he should see the report of Mr. Lea, and as soon as Mrs. Grosvenor returns the report, I shall send it to you again for submission to Professor Mason.”

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 a 9 ¼” x 7” sheet of Taft’s personal “William H. Taft New Haven, Conn” imprinted stationery. Item #A01339

Condition: Fold lines, light soil, especially along upper vertical  fold line. Overall very good condition with a large, bold signature.