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Introduction and Early Life
William Howard Taft may have likely not wanted the presidency. He had different expectations and he wanted a different job. Sadly for Taft, he was stuck in a time when people expected a great president (because his predecessor was considered a great one) and he thus had high expectations, but in the end he upset people. His predecessor's inability to stay away from politics would also ruin their friendship.
Taft was born in 1857 in Ohio. His father went to Yale University and had became a lawyer and then served as secretary of war to President Ulysses S. Grant. Taft followed his father in graduating from Yale and going into law. Taft became a very good judge in court cases and was appointed solicitor general to President Benjamin Harrison. Taft had long wanted to be one thing: chief justice of the Supreme Court. Instead, President William McKinley made him the governor of the Philippines. He returned to Washington in 1904 as secretary of war to President The