William Howard Taft


What did Taft do with respect to trusts?

Taft pursued the goal of breaking up large trusts as much as Roosevelt did. The difference was that Taft pursued the goal just as much—if not more than—Roosevelt, but did not make big pronouncements like his predecessor. The federal government filed ninety antitrust suits during Taft’s tenure—more than those filed during the Roosevelt administration. His administration won victories over the Standard Oil Company and the American Tobacco Company.


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