The Progressive Presidents
1858 - 1919
President: 1901 - 1909
Party: Republican/Bull Moose
Other Notable Offices Held: NYC Police Commissioner, Assist. Sec. of the Navy, Governor of New York, Vice President
* Youngest (42) man to be president. Assumed the office upon the assasination of President McKinley in 1901. John Kennedy was the youngest man elected president at 43.
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they lie in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
"A man who will steal for me will steal from me."
"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism."
"Do not hit at all if it can be avoided, but never hit softly."
William Howard Taft
1857 - 1930
President: 1909 - 1913
Other Notable Offices Held: Governor of the Phillippines, Sec. of War, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (after leaving the presidency)
* Only person to be both president and chief justice of the Supreme Court.
* Disliked the presidency.
* Roosevelt supported Taft's run to succeed him but then ran against him in 1912 on the Bull Moose Ticket. This split the Republican vote and gave the presidency to the Democrat Wilson.
On losing reelection.
"Well, I have one consolation. No candidate was ever elected ex-president by such a large majority!"
1856 - 1924
President: 1913 - 1921
Other Notable Offices Held: University professor, university president, Governor of New Jersey
* His belief in international cooperation led to the creation of the League of Nations and eventually the United Nations.
* More responsible than any prior president for getting the U.S. involved in world affairs.
On War and Peace
"No nation is fit to sit in judgement upon any other nation."