William Howard Taft served as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the President of the United States, the only individual in history to hold both positions. During his long career as a jurist and public servant, Taft was the first civilian governor for the Territory of the Philippines, Solicitor General and Secretary of War. He was an Ohio Superior Court associate justice and a federal judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. As Chief Justice, Taft was instrumental in organizing the federal court into the system used today.
President Taft started a well-known sports tradition when he threw the ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Senator’s 1910 opening day game.
President Taft’s grave is identified by a 14½ foot tall monument. The Stony Creek granite, vaulted obelisk was created by James Earl Frazer. Taft is the first president to be buried in Arlington.