William Howard Taft (1857-1930) was the 26th President of the United States of America. During his presidency (which spanned from 1905-1913), the Socialist Party, which he was virulently opposed to, began its rise to power.
When, in 1926, the US became the People's Republic of America, Taft, being the only living former President, fled to Great Britain, where he died in 1930.
Taft was born on September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio, into a powerful political family. His father, Alphonso Taft served under President Ulysses S. Grant as Attorney General and Secretary of War.
Taft was raised into the Unitarian Church, a faith he held throughout his lifetime. He attended Yale University, a prestigious institution for higher learning, where he studied law.
In 1880, he became a lawyer after graduating from Cincinnati Law School with a degree in law.
Law and Politics
Taft began working as a prosecutor for Ohio. He later became a Tax Collector for the Internal Revenue Service. After serving some time as a judge for Cincinnati, Taft was appointed to be the Solicitor General of the US by President Benjamin Harrison in 1890. Markedly, Taft was the youngest-ever Solicitor General of the United States.
Following the Spanish-American War, Taft was assigned by William Jennings Bryan to advise the Philippines. During this time, he is often credited as having set the tone for constitutional republicanism in the Philippines, which lasted even longer there than in the US.
Once Bryan's second term was going to end, the position of adviser to the Philippines would also expire. Taft, considering his options, decided to run for the Presidency of the United States.