William howard taft september 15 1857 march 8 1930 was the 27th president of the united states 1909 1913 and the tenth chief justice of the united states 1921 1930 the only person to have held both offices taft was elected president in 1908 the chosen successor of theodore roosevelt but was defeated for reelection by woodrow wilson in 1912 after roosevelt split the . Taft resigned on february 3 1930 and died on march 8 the same year he was buried in arlington national cemetery taft and john kennedy are the only presidents buried there william howard taft remains the only person to serve as both president and chief justice of the united states he was much happier on the supreme court than he was in the white house he called the position of chief justice next to my wife and childrenthe nearest thing to my heart in life. William howard taft is the only individual in united states history to hold both the presidency and the chief justiceship of the supreme court taft was born in 1857 in cincinnati ohio and earned a bachelors degree from yale university in 1878 he graduated from the cincinnati law school in 1880 and was admitted to the ohio bar he was a member of the yale baseball team and later started the tradition of the president throwing out the first ball on the opening day of the major league . William howard taft 15 september 1857 in cincinnati ohio 8 marz 1930 in washington dc war ein us amerikanischer jurist und politiker der republikanischen partei er amtierte vom 4. William howard taft 27th president 1909 13 and 10th chief justice of the united states 1921 30 as president taft alienated progressive republicans thereby contributing to the split in republican ranks in 1912 to the formation of the bull moose party and to his failure to win a second term
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