||William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930). He is the only person to have served in both offices. During his run for election, and later in his position as President, Taft drew on the Jewish community of Philadelphia for support in his bid, finding a strong supporter in Mayer Sulzberger.
Sulzberger was an American judge and Jewish communal leader; born at Baden in1843. He came to Philadelphia with his parents in 1848, and was educated at the Central High School of Philadelphia, He was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas on the Republican ticket in 1895, and was reelected as a nominee of both parties in 1904, becoming the presiding judge of the Court of Common Pleas.
Sulzberger throughout his career showed great interest in Jewish affairs. He was closely associated with Isaac Leeser, and assisted in editing "The Occident." He was one of the founders of the Young Men's Hebrew Association, which he served as president, and took great interest in the Jewish Hospital of Philadelphia. Taft communictaed with Sulzberger on many occassions and here are presented three letters.
The first letter is Taft's response to Sulzberger declining an appointment to be the ambassador to Constantinople, the second and third letter concern Sulzberger's support in Taft's reelection bid.
||Taft Presidential Letters
||Collection of Letters from President Howard Taft to Mayer Sulzberger.