Quotation by William Howard Taft

It does seem strange that the only place in the government which I would have liked to fill myself I am forced to give to another.
William Howard Taft (1857–1930), U.S. president. Letter, Butt to his sister-in-law, Clara F. Butt, July 8, 1910. Archie Butt, Taft and Roosevelt: The Intimate Letters of Archie Taft, Military Aide, 2: 439, Doubleday, Page & Company (1930).

Taft's life goal was to serve on the Supreme Court. He made this comment following the death of Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller and visit to moribund Justice William H. Moody.
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