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2001-10-24 02:43:11 (UTC)


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confuse you!

William Howard Taft- 1857-1930
Born in: Cincinnati, Ohio September 15
held office from 1909 to 1913
Progressives, livid at his defense of the Payne-Aldrich
Tariff Act, failed to credit him with bringing more "trust
busting" cases than Roosevelt (Standard Oil was dissolved
in 1911), instituting an eight-hour day for federal
employees, and supporting the Sixteenth Amendment, allowing
the income tax (ratified in 1913).
E. Election of 1912Print section

Theodore Roosevelt made it clear early in 1912 that he
wanted the Republican nomination for president. By now the
former friends were bitter enemies, and Taft was determined
that Roosevelt should not succeed. With his control over
the party machinery, Taft prevented the seating of many
Roosevelt delegates at the 1912 national convention and
kept the official Republican nomination for himself.
However, his hopes for reelection were limited, for as he
himself put it, his administration was uninteresting and
failed to attract anybody's attention or enthusiasm.
Roosevelt agreed and led his supporters out of the
Republican Party to a new party, the Progressive, or Bull
Moose, Party (see Progressive Party: The Bull Moose Party).

As a result of the Republican-Progressive split, the
Democratic candidate, Woodrow Wilson, easily won the
election. Although the popular vote for Wilson was less
than the combined popular vote obtained by Roosevelt and
Taft, he received 435 electoral votes against Roosevelt's
88 and Taft's 8. Even Arizona and New Mexico, which had
become states during Taft's administration, supported the

sixteenth ammendment- said that congress had th e power to
lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever soursce
derived, without apportionment among the several states,a
nd without regard to any census or enumeration---
progressives believed this form of tax was more fair b/c
it placed the greatest burden on those who could most
afford to pay

Mann Elkins Act of 1910- allowed the interstate commerce
commission to regulate rr trates on is own. Comission
members no longer had to waidt complaints from shippers b4
acting. Payne Aldrich Tariff Act of 1909 cut tariffs on a
few items but is main effect was to incrteas tariffs and
further protect domestic manufatures, it ended up raising
the tariff on more than 800 frequently used items.