William Howard Taft served as the twenty-seventh president of the United States (1897-1901) and the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1921-30). This guide provides access to digital materials, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.
Ken Drexler, Reference Specialist, Researcher and Reference Services Division
Created:September 2, 2021
Last Updated: October 4, 2021
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with William Howard Taft, including the William H. Taft papers. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1857, Taft had a long career in public service. He served as solicitor general of the U.S. (1890-92), judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1892-1900), governor-general of the Philippines (1901-03) U.S. secretary of war (1904-08), and chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1921-30). In 1908, Taft was elected the twenty-seventh president of the United States (1909-13). Taft was defeated for reelection in 1912.
This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Taft such as manuscripts, broadsides, government documents, newspapers, images, sheet music, and films that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on Taft and a bibliography containing selected works for both a general audience and younger readers.