Helen Herron Taft
Name: Helen Herron Taft
Occupation: Miscellaneous
Gender: Female
Birth Day: June 2, 1861
Death Date: May 22, 1943(1943-05-22) (aged 81)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Age: Aged 81
Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Helen Herron Taft

Helen Herron Taft was born on June 2, 1861 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (81 years old). Helen Herron Taft is a Miscellaneous, zodiac sign: Cancer. Nationality: United States. Approx. Net Worth: Undisclosed.

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# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 Charles Phelps Taft II Children N/A N/A N/A
#2 Robert Alphonso Taft Children N/A N/A N/A
#3 Helen Taft Manning Children N/A N/A N/A
#4 John Williamson Herron Parents N/A N/A N/A
#5 Harriet Anne Collins Parents N/A N/A N/A
#6 William Howard Taft Spouse N/A N/A N/A

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As per our current Database, Helen Herron Taft died on May 22, 1943(1943-05-22) (aged 81)
Washington, D.C., U.S..


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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nellie was the fourth of eleven children of Judge John Williamson Herron (1827–1912), a college classmate of Benjamin Harrison and a law partner of Rutherford B. Hayes. Her mother, Harriet Collins Herron (1833–1902), was the daughter and the sister of U.S. congressmen; Nellie's grandfather, Ela Collins, and uncle, William Collins, were both members of Congress. During her childhood she was called Nellie rather than Helen; she was referred to as such in the family since her only daughter was named Helen. Nellie Herron was enrolled in private Miss Nourse School, known in Cincinnati as The Nursery, in 1866–1879, and took classes from the University of Cincinnati. Starting from 1882, she taught in different schools until her marriage. In 1877, she attended with her parents the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary celebration of President and Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes and stayed for a week at the White House. Her younger sister Lucy Hayes Herron was baptized at that event and named for Mrs. Hayes.


In 1879, she met William Howard Taft at a bobsledding party in Cincinnati; he was 22 years old, she was 18. He asked her out for the first time in February 1880, but they did not go out regularly until 1882. He proposed in April 1885, and she accepted in May.


Taft married Nellie on June 19, 1886, at the home of the bride's parents in Cincinnati. The wedding was performed by the Reverend D.N.A. Hoge of Zanesville, Ohio. Taft's younger brother Horace Taft was the best man. The couple honeymooned one day in New York City and four days at Sea Bright, New Jersey, before setting off on a three-month tour of Europe.


On their return, they settled in Cincinnati. Nellie Taft encouraged her husband's political career despite his often-stated preference for the judiciary. However, she welcomed each step in his judicial career: state judge, Solicitor General of the United States, and federal circuit court judge. In 1900, Taft agreed to take charge of American civil government in the Philippines as Governor-General (1900-1903). Nellie Taft moved with their children to Manila where she tried to reconcile with the local population by showing respect to the culture of the Philippines by learning the language, wearing a native Filipino costume and inviting Filipinos to social events. Further travel with her husband, who became Secretary of War in 1904, brought a widened interest in world politics and a cosmopolitan circle of friends.


In May 1909, Nellie Taft suffered a stroke, impairing her speech, right arm and leg. The stroke happened at the beginning of her husband's presidential term. Assisted by her four sisters, she continued her functions as White House host until she recovered with the help of her husband.


The social highlight of the Taft administration was the Tafts' silver wedding anniversary gala on June 19, 1911, for some 2,000 guests.


In her most lasting contribution as First Lady, Nellie Taft arranged for the planting of the 3,020 Japanese cherry trees around the Tidal Basin and on Capitol grounds; with the wife of the Japanese ambassador, she personally planted the first two saplings in ceremonies on March 27, 1912.

In June 1912, she attended both the Republican National Convention that re-nominated her husband and the Democratic National Convention that nominated his opponent Woodrow Wilson. She took a front-row seat at the latter in order to deter speakers' criticism of her husband. After losing the election, the Tafts returned to Cincinnati, where William began teaching law. Nellie Taft wrote her memoir, Recollections of Full Years, which was published in 1914. During the Great War, she provided support for the American Red Cross.


With Taft's appointment to the Supreme Court in 1921, Nellie Taft became the only woman to be both First Lady and wife of a chief justice. She resumed her social activities after returning to Washington D.C.


Nellie Taft was widowed upon the death of her husband on March 8, 1930, and stayed in the city of Washington. She continued to be socially involved serving as an honorary vice president of the Colonial Dames of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA. She died in Washington, D.C. on May 22, 1943, and was buried next to the President at Arlington National Cemetery which created a precedent later used for Jacqueline Kennedy.

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