Born: September 15, 1857; Cincinnati, Ohio
Educated: Yale University, A.B., 1878 Cincinnati Law School, LL.B., 1880
Married: June 19, 1886, Helen Herron
Nominated: June 30, 1921, by President Warren Harding
Commissioned: June 30, 1921
Dates of Service: July 11, 1921 to Feb. 3, 1930
Served as President: 1908 to 1912
Died: March 8, 1930, Washington, D.C. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Section 30, Grave S-14.
William Howard Taft was elected the 27th President of the United States (1909-1913) and later became the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930), the only person to have served in both of these offices.
For a full biography, please visit the White House website at https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/william-howard-taft/.
Taft's grave is marked by a Stony Creek Granite monument, sculpted by James Earl Frazer, which rises 14 1/2 feet. Taft's wife, Helen Herron Taft, who died in 1943, was the first first lady interred in the cemetery. Helen Taft was instrumental in bringing Japanese cherry trees to Washington, D.C.
View the President William Howard Taft Monument page.