Quotation by William Howard Taft

Bryan is the least of a liar I know in public life. I have always found him direct and honest, and he never goes back on what he has said to me in private—a rare thing, if found, in public men. I found him purely frank.
William Howard Taft (1857–1930), U.S. president. Butt to his sister-in-law, Clara F. Butt, following a call by Bryan on Taft, April 7, 1910. Archie Butt, Taft and Roosevelt: The Intimate Letters of Archie Butt, Military Aide, 2: 610, Doubleday, Doran & Company (1930).

At Bryan's suggestion, Taft sought world peace by having his secretary of state draft model arbitration treaties with Britain and France. On the other hand, the ferment of progressivism Bryan had seeded in the Democracy stimulated a similar progressivism in Republican insurgents, who opposed Taft on many issues. Bryan pledged to support Taft whenever he advocated the issues he had voiced in his own presidential platform of 1908.
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