Life After the Presidency
In 1912, when Taft came up to be nominated by the Republicans, he was opposed by President Roosevelt who was disappointed with his actions in office. Roosevelt felt that Taft, whom he had handpicked, did not fulfill his vision for the presidency.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS…
Taft realized that he was not as popular as Teddy Roosevelt and that he had lost support within his own party. As he said: “I am afraid I am a constant disappointment to my party. The fact of the matter is, the longer I am President the less of a party man I seem to become.”
In the end, Roosevelt was defeated by Taft for the nomination and left the Republican party to form the Bull Moose party. Taft was then running against his former friend in addition to the Democratic candidate, Woodrow Wilson. Since both Taft and Roosevelt were pulling votes from Republicans, they ended up splitting the vote and allowing Wilson to win the election.
After retiring, Taft decided to teach law at Yale University from 1913 until 1921, but it was no secret that his ultimate goal was to become a Supreme Court justice. He got his wish in 1921 when President Warren G. Harding named him chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. One of his most famous decisions was for