William Howard Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 15, 1857. He was raised by Louisa Maria Torrey and Alphonso Taft on a farm. Taft was one of six children in the family. Taft’s father, Alphonso Taft served under Ulysses S. Grant. William grew up attending a private school, and then at Yale University like his father. He graduated from Yale in 1878. After he graduated from Yale, he went to the University of Cincinnati College of Law, then he was admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association in 1880. Soon after, he fell in love with Helen ” Nellie” Herron, an old school friend of his only sister. Taft and Nellie met at a sledding party. Taft and Nellie got married on June 19, 1886. They had three kids. Robert A. Taft, Charles Phelps Taft II, and Helen Taft Manning. William Howard Taft became the 27th President of the United States of America on September 15, 1857 and he served from September 15, 1857- Mach 8, 1930. He served as chief justice from 1921-1930. He was the only person to serve as both. Taft was taking a bath in a tub in the White House and got stuck because he weighed 350 pounds. His Justice department had to break the tub so that they would be able to get him out. In the early 1900, President William McKinley called Taft to Washington and asked him with setting up a civilian government in the Philippines, which has become a U.S. protectorate after the Spanish- American War (1898). After President McKinley was assassinated in 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt twice offered Taft a Supreme Court appointment, but he declined in order to stay in the Philippines. William Howard Taft died on March 08, 1930. He died of Cardiovascular disease. I chose William Howard Taft for my essay because, when we were in the fourth grade Mr. Johnson taught about some of the things that had happened to Taft. I wanted to learn more about William Howard Taft and how he became President. This essay was an opportunity to learn more about him. I hope you enjoyed this essay as much as I did writing it.