Good vacation places for JOSEPH GERINGER SYED B. HUSSAIN, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, OSHKOSH 822 Syria Taft, William Howard (1857 1930) THE 27TH PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES and one of three early 20th-century progressive presidents, William Howard Taft was born into a well-known Ohio family. He graduated from Yale Law School, served as a state judge, solicitor general and a federal circuit judge. In 1900, President William McKINLEY appointed Taft chairman of the Philippine Commission with the responsibility of developing a civil government for the territory acquired in the SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR. Subsequently, Taft took on the difficult task of managing the colony as the Philippines’ first governor general. Good vacation places 2016.