President-Elect Howard Taft Qualifies the Thought of a Four Year Term: "If I Live"

November 30, 1908

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President-Elect Howard Taft Qualifies the Thought of a Four Year Term: "If I Live"
Typed Letter Signed
1 page | SMC 1292

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      To the British Ambassador in Rome, Taft writes “the result of the election has made it necessary for me to be in this country for four years at least” - and immediately qualifies the thought, nervously, with “if I live.”

      Being President, after all, had never been his dream - it was his wife’s - nor his idea; it was Theodore Roosevelt’s. What Taft wanted was to be on the Supreme Court – but that would have to wait.


      Typed Letter Signed, as President-Elect, 1 page, octavo, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 30, 1908. To Sir Rennell Rodd.
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