Button, William Howard Taftt

Button, William Howard Taftt

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Republican candidate William Howard Taft had a distinguished career in law and government long before he ran for president in 1908. Taft had served as a federal judge, Governor-General of the Philippines, and the first Provisional Governor of Cuba before becoming President Theodore Roosevelt’s Secretary of War in 1904. In 1908, Taft and his running mate, Representative James Sherman of New York, handed Democratic challenger William Jennings Bryan the worst defeat of his three attempts to win the White House. Socialist candidate Eugene V. Debs finished a distant third.
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Political Campaigns
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Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
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