August 8, 2022

Today in History: William Howard Taft

Last Updated on August 8, 2022


Today in History–September 15–the Library of Congress features William Howard Taft, born on this day in 1857. Taft had a very active political career that included two of our country’s highest posts, President and Supreme Court Chief Justice. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about William H. Taft.

William H. Taft inauguration primary source set

William H. Taft Papers

William H. Taft books and articles

William H. Taft U.S. statutes

Historic newspaper coverage

William H. Taft letters to Alexander Graham Bell

William H. Taft speeches audio

William H. Taft image set

William H. Taft in Panama film

Vaudeville monologue transcripts mentioning William H. Taft

President Taft, He’s All Right sheet music

Sheet Music of the Week: William Taft Birthday Edition In the Muse

Opening Day Redux for President Taft Library of Congress Blog

Guided primary source analysis activities

POTUS: William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

More U.S. President primary source collections & teaching resources

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