October 25, 2021

Today in History: William Howard Taft

Last Updated on August 3, 2021


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)

Vaudeville monologue transcripts mentioning William H. Taft

President Taft, He’s All Right (sheet music)

William H. Taft in Panama (film)

William H. Taft image set

Featured Sources – 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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