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Lot 1539

Taft, William Howard (1857-1930) 27th President of the U.S. Running as Roosevelt's successor in 1908, he defeated William Jennings Bryan. He continued Roosevelt's policies, i.e., "trust busting" and, in Latin America, "dollar diplomacy," but he was more conservative than Roosevelt and antagonized the progressive elements in his party. His relations with Roosevelt deteriorated, and in 1912 he found himself running for reelection against his former mentor, who had formed the Progressive Party (Bull Moose party). The Republican vote was split, and the Democratic candidate, Woodrow Wilson, won. Taft was appointed (1921) chief justice by Pres. Harding; his chief contribution to the court was his administrative efficiency.

Endorsed Check ("William H Taft"). Partially printed, accomplished in type. 8¾ x 3¼", New Haven, Connecticut, February 27, 1917. The check is drawn on the Yale University Press account at the New Haven Bank and made payable to Taft in the amount of $7.02. Taft endorses and signs the verso. Punch cancelling to check and attached stub. Light soiling to check, a bit more appears on stub. In good condition overall.

Subsequent to his Presidency, while working as a law Professor at Yale, here the University Press offers him a royalty payment.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
Please note the extensive collection of Presidential biographies in our Political Memorabilia section.

Realized $173

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