William Howard Taft entered the White House with the approval of the retiring president, Theodore Roosevelt. They had a falling out, and Roosevelt ran against his former protegee in the next election. Three candidates competed for the vote: Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft.

Wilson won with Taft getting the fewest number of votes. According to historian Peter Boiler, Taft refused to be devastated by the defeat. He said to his friends, "I have one consolation. No one candidate was ever elected ex-president by such a large majority."


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Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.