42- Secretary of War William Howard Taft


The William Howard Taft mug is part of a biographical series profiling individuals who served as the U.S. Secretary of War.  An image of William Howard Taft and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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U.S. President William Howard Taft was the 27th president and the 10th chief justice of the United States.  He is the only person to have served in both capacities.  Taft was appointed secretary of war by Theodore Roosevelt.  William Howard Taft’s agenda included civil service reform, trust-busting, passage of the 16th Amendment, and strengthening the Postal Service and Interstate Commerce Commission.  Taft was defeated in his bid for a second term in 1912 after which he went into academia and the pursuit of world peace via the “League to  Enforce Peace.”  President Harding appointed Taft as Chief Justice of the United States, where he served until shortly before his death in 1930.

The first two Secretaries of War were appointed between 1781 and 1789 to serve the Congress of the Confederation. The position became part of the President’s Cabinet starting with the administration of George Washington.  Washington created four cabinet positions to provide him with a source of key advisors, in the form of Attorney General, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State and Secretary of War.  Current presidential cabinets are made up of sixteen officers.  Cabinet members are chosen by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

This William Howard Taft History Mug is part of our Secretary of War series which includes the many unique individuals who served as U.S. Secretary of War.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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