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Description: Former U.S. President William Howard Taft (1857-1930) typed and signed this brief, friendly letter to Miss Sarah B. Tibbits of Troy, NY on February 18, 1915, while he was working as a Yale Law professor. The letter reads: “I enclose herewith a copy of the engineer’s report on the Pointe-au-Pic water situation, together with a copy of a letter from Mr. Ely on the subject. I have sent a similar copy to Mr. Cannon for presentation to the Council. When you have read the report, will you be good enough to return it to me?” According to a September 4, 1926 New Yorker “Talk of the Town” article, Taft spent his summers in Murray Bay, Quebec, which is very close to the village of Pointe-au-Pic, where he was regarded as “an unofficial mayor of the town”. Both Taft and Sarah Tibbits  belonged to the Pointe-au-Pic Association and were concerned about the water supply.

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.

Signed on a 91/4” x 7 1/8” sheet of Taft’s personal “William H. Taft New Haven, Conn” imprinted stationery. Item #A01289

Condition: Mailing fold line, light soil on verso, otherwise very good condition with a large, bold signature.