William Howard Taft (1857–1930), 27th president of the United States, is the only American to serve both as president and as chief justice of the Supreme Court. He graduated second in his class at Yale University in 1878 and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1880 after graduating from Cincinnati Law School.

Taft served in a number of public offices before becoming an Ohio superior court judge in 1887. In 1890, President Benjamin Harrison appointed him solicitor general for the U.S. government. In 1892, he was appointed to a seat ...

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