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Mr. President

William Howard Taft
Twenty-Seventh President, 1909–1913

“The President cannot make clouds to rain and cannot make the corn to grow, he cannot make business good; although when these things occur, political parties do claim some credit for the good things that have happened in this way.”

The Big Pitch:
In 1910, William Howard Taft became the first president to throw out the opening pitch for a professional baseball season. He was also the first president to have cars at the White House, and he helped start the "tradition" of federal income taxes. Taft, who once said, "politics makes me sick," fulfilled a lifelong ambition when he was named Supreme Court chief justice nine years after his presidency ended.

Portrait by William Valentine Schevill , circa 1910 . NPG.72.25 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Republican
Date of Birth: Tuesday, September 15, 1857
Date of Death: Sunday, March 8, 1931
Vice President: James S. Sherman
First Lady: Helen Herron Taft

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