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Who was William Taft?
William Taft was the 27th President of the United States of America, the symbolic leader of the country. His presidency began in 1909 and ended in 1913. He was 51 years old when he first began his term of office on March 4, 1909.

William Taft's Nickname Meanings
William Howard Taft was
given his middle name in honor of his paternal grandmother 'Sylvia Howard'. Big Lub was his boyhood nickname and we was often referred to as 'Will' by his family and friends. He had a variety of nicknames including  Big Will, Big Chief and Sleeping Beauty. 'Big Chief' was a reference to his role of Chief Justice. His large size was also reflected in his nicknames. He apparently fell asleep on so many car rides with his wife that she gave him the nickname of the Sleeping Beauty.


Description and Picture of William Taft
The picture of William Taft portrays an interesting image of what this famous man looked like. The picture shows the clothing and the hairstyle that was fashionable during his presidency. He is described as being 6 feet in height and 316 pounds in weight. William Taft was the heaviest of all the US Presidents and his size led to a variety of nicknames including the "Big Lub". He had blue colored eyes and his hair was brown that turned gray with age. His face was dominated by his trademark handlebar moustache (so-named for their resemblance to the handlebars of a bicycle).

Character and Personality Traits: What was William Taft like?
The personality of William Taft is described as genial, amiable, an extrovert who was comfortable mixing with people from all different walks of life. His personality ensured his popularity and although he had many acquaintances there were few that he could count a real friends. William Taft found the responsibilities of President hard to bear, often leaving him in low spirits, that were alien to his usually cheerful demeanor.

Facts about President William Taft and his Presidency
The important role and duties of the President of the United States of America include those of Chief of State, Chief Diplomat, Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, Legislative Leader and Leader of his own political party. What was William Taft famous for? Why was William Taft important? The history and life of President William Taft during his presidency is conveyed in the following fact file in an easy question and answer format. 

President William Taft Fact File - Political Career and Presidency
What President was William Taft?  
 He was the 27th President of the United States of America. The dates of his presidency began in 1909 and ended in 1913 (March 4, 1909 to March 3, 1913).
What was his political party?
 He was the leader of the Republican political party
What other political offices did William Taft hold before his presidency?
 Judge in Ohio Superior Court, 1887-90
 U.S. Solicitor General, 1890-92
 U.S. Circuit Court Judge, 1892-1900
 The Governor of the Philippines, 1901-04
 Secretary of War, 1904-08 (under T. Roosevelt)
Who was his Vice President?
 His Vice President was James S. Sherman (1909-12)
What were the main events and the major accomplishments of his presidency?
 The Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act (1909)
 The Sixteenth Amendment Ratified (1913)
 The Taft's Dollar Diplomacy
 The Antitrust Policy
What was William Taft' nickname?
 His most famous nickname was "Big Chief"
Who was William Taft' s first  lady?
 The name of his First Lady was Helen Taft
President William Taft Fact File - Political Career and Presidency

Interesting Facts about the Private Life of William Taft
William Taft was famous for the events and accomplishments of his presidency, but what are the facts about the man and his private life. Facts and information about the private life of William Taft can be found in the following fact file in an easy question and answer format. 

William Taft Fact File - Facts about his Private Life
When and where was William Taft born?  
 He was born on September 15, 1857, in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was raised
What was the name of his father?
 The name of his father was Alphonso Taft
What was the name of his mother?
 The name of his mother was Louisa Maria Torrey Taft
Where was William Taft educated and what was his religion?
 He was educated at Yale College (Graduated in 1878) and Cincinnati Law School (Graduated 1880)
 Religion: Unitarian
What did William Taft do before he became President of the United States?
 Before he became President he worked as a Lawyer and public official
Who was William Taft' wife and when did they marry? Did they have kids?
 The name of his wife was Helen Herron (1861-1943). They married on June 19, 1886
 The couple raised a family. The names of their children were Robert Alphonso Taft (1889-1953); Helen Herron Taft (1891-1987); Charles Phelps Taft (1897-1983)
When did William Taft die?
 He died on March 8, 1930, in Washington, D.C.
William Taft Fact File - Facts about his Private Life

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