William Howard Taft


Who was his secretary of state?

Philander C. Knox served as Taft’s secretary of state. Previously, he had served as U.S. attorney general under both presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. He sought the Republican nomination for president in 1908, but lost to his future boss Taft. Knox is credited with implementing the “Dollar Diplomacy” policy. He served as a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1920.


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