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William Howard Taft Trivia Questions and Answers

William Howard Taft trivia quiz questions with answers

 

William Howard Taft Trivia Questions and Answers

Who was the 27th President of the United States?
A: William Howard Taft.

For what period was Taft President of the U.S.?
A: March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913.

Who was Taft’s vice president?
A: James Sherman (1909–1912), None (1912–1913)

Who preceded William Howard Taft?
A: Theodore Roosevelt.

Who succeeded Taft as president?
A: Woodrow Wilson.

William Howard Taft was the tenth what?
A: Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930).

Taft is the only person to have served in what two offices?
A: The presidency and Chief Justice.

 

In 1887, Taft, a Republican, was appointed to serve on what?
A: The Superior Court of Cincinnati.

What was Taft appointed in 1890?
A:  Solicitor General of the United States.

In 1891, he was appointed a judge on the what?
A: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

In 1900, President William McKinley appointed Taft to what position?
A:  Governor-General of the Philippines.

In 1904, what did President Theodore Roosevelt appoint William Taft?
A: Secretary of War.

Taft won an easy victory in his what?
A: His 1908 bid for the presidency.

After the First World War, President Warren G. Harding appointed Taft what?
A: Chief Justice of the United States.

 

On what date was William Howard Taft born?
A: On September 15, 1857.

Who was his mother?
A: Louisa Torrey.

Who was William’s father?
A:  Alphonso Taft.

What church did young William attend?
A: Cincinnati's First Congregational-Unitarian Church.

What high school did William attend?
A:  Woodward High School in Cincinnati.

Taft attended what college?
A: Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut.

At Yale, he was a member of what societies?
A:  Linonian Society, Skull and Bones, and the Beta chapter of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.

 

Taft’s college friends knew him by what nickname?
A:  "Old Bill".

Taft graduated in 1878, ranking second in his class out of how many?
A: 121.

What did he do after college?
A; He attended Cincinnati Law School, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in 1880.

Who did Taft marry in 1886?
A: His longtime sweetheart, Helen Herron.

At the age of 32, he was the youngest-ever what?
A: Solicitor General.

Between 1896 and 1900 Taft served as the first dean and a professor of what at the University of Cincinnati.?
A: constitutional law.

In 1902, Taft negotiated in Rome with whom for the purchase of Philippine lands owned by the Roman Catholic Church?
A: Pope Leo XIII.

 

Taft's spouse was determined to gain the White House and pressured him not to what?
A: Accept a court appointment.

Taft did not enjoy the easy relationship with who that Roosevelt had?
A: The press.

Taft considered himself a what?
A: A progressive.

What did Taft create on April 22, 1912?
A: Taft created the United States Chamber of Commerce as a counterbalance to the rise of the labor movement at the time.

In the 1910 midterm elections, the Democrats assumed control of what for the first time in 16 years?
A: the House.

In the Senate the Republicans retained their majority, but they lost what?
A: 8 seats.

Taft was a supporter of free immigration, and he vetoed a law passed by Congress and supported by labor unions that would have done what?
A: Restricted unskilled laborers by imposing a literacy test.

 

In 1909, Taft and Porfirio Díaz planned a summit in El Paso, the first time an American president would do what?
A: Cross the border into Mexico.

Why did Diaz request the meeting?
A: To show U.S. support for his planned eighth run as president.

Taft agreed to support Diaz in order to protect what?
A: The several billion dollars of American capital then invested in Mexico.