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.
There are three separate branches of government in the United States; the legislative, executive and the judicial. The president is the head of the executive branch, the elected head of state and the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. The executive branch is responsible for executing and enforcing federal law, appointing heads of all executive agencies and federal commissions. The president is responsible for promoting diplomacy with other nations, issuing executive orders, signing pardons and international treaties. When legislation is passed in Congress, the president has the power to sign or veto bills. The Constitution states that the president must be a natural born citizen of the U.S., at least 35 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years. Elections are held every four years and the president is limited to two, four-year terms.
The William Howard Taft biographical history mug is part of our Presidential series. 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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