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William Howard Taft
1908, Republican who was virtually handpicked by TR to be his successor. He was the secretary of war for TR.
Election of 1908
- Rep: Taft
- Dem: Bryan
- This was Bryan's third attempt.
- Taft was a progressive and wins easily. Taft never really wanted to be president so much.
- He was a very big guy, loved to play gold, he intended to continue TR's policy.
- Taft is unable to negotiate as TR did.
type of republican-insurgents
- Richard Ballinger- secretary of interior
- Gifford Pinchot - Chief of the Forestry service.
- Pinchot accuses Ballinger wrongly of exploiting wilderness areas, stripping mines, etc.
- Taft eventually sides with Ballinger and Pinchot will quit.
- Pinchot wants to get TR first so that he can poison his mind about Taft.
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