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The Taft Court (1921–30)

Introduction

When was Taft first offered a position as justice on the U.S. Supreme Court?

President Theodore Roosevelt offered an appointment to Taft in October 1902 after the retirement of Justice George Shiras, while Taft was serving as governor of the Philippines. Roosevelt also offered a Supreme Court appointment to Taft in March 1906 following the retirement of Justice Henry Billings Brown. Taft declined both times, presumably because of his political ambitions.



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