William Howard Taft

taft1September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930

William Howard Taft was the only U.S. President (27th) to also serve as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (10th). Prior to becoming either, Taft was a lawyer, Governor-General of the Philippines and Secretary of War under President Teddy Roosevelt. He is probably remembered most for his weight, though he lost a good amount once he left the White House. He also suffered from sleep apnea and high blood pressure. In 1921, Warren G. Harding appointed Taft as Chief Justice of the Supreme court, a position he held until he retired shortly before his death in 1930. Taft was the first president to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Happy 156th Birthday, Big Guy.


Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 30, Lot S-14, Grid Y/Z-39.5; At the head of a path off of Schley Ave., there are signs pointing to Taft’s grave site.



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