American Minute with Bill Federer SEPT. 15 - President AND Chief Justice Wm. H. Taft
American Minute with Bill Federer
SEPT. 15 - President AND Chief Justice Wm. H. Taft - '...progress that a powerful Christian nation should advocate."
He was the only U.S. President to also serve as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
had previously been appointed by President McKinley as the first
Governor of the Philippines, 1901-04, after the Spanish-American War.
He was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as Secretary of War, 1904-08.
The largest President, weighing over 300 lbs, a bathtub was installed for him in the White House big enough to hold four men.
His name was William Howard Taft, and he was born SEPTEMBER 15, 1857.
In his Inaugural Address as the 27th U.S. President, William Howard Taft stated, March 4, 1909:
invoke the considerate sympathy and support of my fellow citizens and
the aid of the Almighty God in the discharge of my responsible duties."
President Taft stated in a National Day of Thanksgiving Proclamation, November 15, 1909:
people of the United States are wont to meet in their usual places of
worship on a day of thanksgiving appointed by the Civil Magistrate to
return thanks to God for the great mercies and benefits which they have
During the past year we have been highly blessed....It
is altogether fitting that we should humbly and gratefully acknowledge
the Divine Source of these blessings...
I hereby appoint...a day
of general thanksgiving, and I call upon the people on that day, laying
aside their usual vocations, to repair to their churches and unite in
appropriate services of praise and thanks to Almighty God."
President William Howard Taft proclaimed, November 5, 1910:
blessings have not descended upon us in restricted measure, but
overflow and abound. They are the blessings and bounty of God...
accordance with the wise custom of the civil magistrate since the first
settlements in this land and with the rule established from the
foundation of this Government...
do appoint...a day of National
Thanksgiving and Prayer, enjoining the people upon that day to meet in
their churches for the praise of Almighty God and to return heartfelt
thanks to Him for all His goodness and loving-kindness."
On Thanksgiving, November 7, 1912, President Taft proclaimed:
God-fearing nation, like ours, owes it to its inborn and sincere sense
of moral duty to testify its devout gratitude to the All-Giver for the
countless benefits its has enjoyed.
For many years it has been
customary at the close of the year for the national Executive to call
upon his fellow countrymen to offer praise and thanks to God for the
manifold blessings vouchsafed to them...
I, William Howard Taft,
President of the United States of America, in pursuance of
long-established usage and in response to the wish of the American
people, invite my countrymen...
to join...in appropriate
ascription of praise and thanks to God for the good gifts that have been
our portion, and in humble prayer that His great mercies toward us may
In his Annual Message, December 6, 1912, William Howard Taft stated:
would go as far as any nation in the world to avoid war, but we are a
world power, our responsibilities in the Pacific and the Atlantic, our
defense of the Panama Canal, together with our enormous world trade and our Missionary outposts on the frontiers of civilization, require us to recognize our position as one of the foremost in the family of nations,
and to clothe ourselves with sufficient naval power to give force to our reasonable demands, and to give weight to our influence in those directions of progress that a powerful Christian nation should advocate."
At a missionary conference, 1908, William Howard Taft stated:
man can study the movement of modern civilization from an impartial
standpoint and not realize that Christianity, and the spread of
Christianity, are the basis of hope of modern civilization in the growth
of popular self government.
The spirit of Christianity is pure
democracy. It is equality of man before God - the equality of man
before the law, which is the most God-like manifestation that man has
been able to make."
In 1913, Taft became a professor at Yale Law School and president of the American Bar Association.
In 1921, William Howard Taft was appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.