President Taft's Birthday Remembered
September 17, 2012
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, (Sept. 15, 2012) -- The 27th President of the United States (1909 - 1913) William Howard Taft was honored on his birthday Saturday morning with an Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Laying Ceremony.
Brigadier Gen. Cory P. Carr, special assistant to the Director, Army National Guard and Jack Lechner, deputy superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery, representing the President of the United States, laid the wreath accompanied by military service members.
During Taft's long government career, he served as Governor of the Philippines, Secretary of War, President of the United States and Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He is the only man in U.S. history to have been both President and Chief Justice.
He and his wife are buried in a Special Gravesite in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery. He was the first of only two Presidents to be buried in Arlington.