Born in 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio, into the powerful Taft family, Taft graduated from Yale College in 1878, and later graduated from Cincinnati Law School in 1880. After his graduation from Cincinnati Law School, Taft worked in a number of local legal positions until being appointed a judge to the Ohio Superior Court in 1887. Taft was then appointed Solicitor General of the United States in 1890 and a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1891.
In 1900, President William McKinley appointed Taft Governor-General of the Philippines. In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt, then a political ally of Taft, appointed Taft Secretary of War in order to groom Taft as his successor to the presidency.
Riding a wave of popular support of President, and fellow Republican, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft won an easy victory in his 1908 bid for the presidency. In his first and only term, President Taft emphasized trust-busting, civil service reform, strengthening the Interstate Commerce Commission, improving the performance of the postal service, and the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment as part of his domestic agenda.
Abroad, Taft sought to further the economic development of undeveloped nations in Latin America and Asia through the method that he termed "Dollar Diplomacy." However, Taft often managed to alienate his own key constituencies, and was overwhelmingly defeated for a second term in the president election of 1912.
After leaving office, Taft spent his time in academia, arbitration, and seeking world peace through his self-founded League to Enforce Peace. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed Taft Chief Justice of the United States, fulfilling Taft's lifelong dream. Taft served in this capacity until his death in 1930.
Weighing over 300 pounds on average, Taft was physically the heaviest American president ever elected. Taft is also, to date, the last U.S. president to have facial hair while in office.
The leaks! The gossip! It all comes out in THIS TOP SECRET PODCAST (in which Ben dropped some fun tidbits on Spinning Thoughts about the album we're working on)
soundcloud.com In Episode 57 Angelo talks to Ben from Jukebox the Ghost! Topics: So much new music, their latest single "Stay The Night", touring, Mario voices, what's in the pipeline for the rest of 2017, and so m
You guys know we came out with a new song last month, yeah? Yeah. Just a friendly reminder because the algorithms are fickle and the internet is a tricky beast. Well, anyways, I gotta go now because I need to track more vocals on our NEW RECORD WHICH WILL HAVE LOTS OF SONGS
Friends: We are so, so pumped to officially present to you OUR BRAND NEW SINGLE!! (It's called "Stay the Night" - hope you like it!)
Ben, Tommy and Jesse
Big boy Tammy playing a giant replica of the 🎸 emoji
it is both heartwarming and deeply troubling to Ben's friends and family that you never see his face glowing with joy quite like when he's at a Waffle House.
Ten soap ingredients, one is a lye.
Have you heard the news? We are playing a brand new festival, Cayuga Sound, in Ithaca, NY in September!! Come hang out with us there, and maybe Jesse will wink at you like this
(Photo by Pamela Ayala)