William Howard Taft

Jeffrey Rosen

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  • William Howard Taft: The American Presidents Series: The 27th President, 1909-1913

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The only man to serve as president and chief justice, who approached every decision in constitutional terms, defending the Founders' vision against new populist threats to American democracy

William Howard Taft never wanted to be president and yearned instead to serve as chief justice of the United States. But despite his ambivalence about politics, the former federal judge found success in the executive branch as governor of the Philippines and secretary of war, and he won a resounding victory in the presidential election of 1908 as Theodore Roosevelt's handpicked successor.

In this provocative assessment, Jeffrey Rosen reveals Taft's crucial role in shaping how America balances populism against the rule of law. Taft approached each decision as president by asking whether it comported with the Constitution, seeking to put Roosevelt's activist executive orders on firm legal grounds. But unlike Roosevelt, who thought the president could do anything the Constitution didn't forbid, Taft insisted he could do only what the Constitution explicitly allowed. This led to a dramatic breach with Roosevelt in the historic election of 1912, which Taft viewed as a crusade to defend the Constitution against the demagogic populism of Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

Nine years later, Taft achieved his lifelong dream when President Warren Harding appointed him chief justice, and during his years on the Court he promoted consensus among the justices and transformed the judiciary into a modern, fully equal branch. Though he had chafed in the White House as a judicial president, he thrived as a presidential chief justice.

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 208
Erscheinungsdatum 20.03.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-8050-6954-9
Reihe American Presidents
Verlag St Martins Pr 3Pl
Maße (L/B/H) 22.8/15.1/2 cm
Gewicht 271 g

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  • Introduction: Judicial President and Presidential Chief Justice
    1. "A Judicial Temperament": The Educate of Judge Taft
    2. "We Want Taft": Civil Governor, Secretary of War, and President-Elect
    3. "The Best Tariff Bill": The President, Tax Reform, and Free Trade
    4. "Within the Law": The Environment, Monopolies, and Foreign Affairs
    5. "Popular Unrest": The Election of 1912 and the Battle for the Constitution
    6. "I Love Judges and I Love Courts": Chief Justice at Last
    Epilogue: Our Constitutional President