William Howard Taft

Political Positions

What was Taft’s next political position?

President Roosevelt named Taft as his secretary of war. As head of the War Department, Taft supervised work on the Panama Canal and met with Japanese leaders about the Russo-Japanese War. He quelled a potential crisis in Cuba, even serving as provisional governor for a time in 1906. In these positions, Taft showed his characteristic excellent work ethic and good diplomacy skills.


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