William Howard Taft

View of 5 Dupont Circle NW where President William H. Taft once lived. FOR RENT signs are taped into the first floor windows. Image also includes partial views of 4 and 6 Dupont Circle.

President Taft’s Former Home on Dupont Circle

Here’s a terrific old photo of former President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft’s home on Dupont Circle. The photo was taken in 1913 and is situated on the north side of the circle. Sadly, the home no longer stands....

Taft & Roosevelt driving to Capitol, Mar. 4, 1909.

President Taft’s Snowy Inauguration in 1909

Complaining about our bizarre weather? Try having your Presidential Inauguration in crappy, snowy weather. That’s what happened to our most rotund president (and latest Nats racing president). Here is a photograph of him in the carriage with Teddy Roosevelt en...

Harry Atwood takes off from the South Lawn - July 14th, 1911

Guy Flies Plane Off White House Lawn

This is a great picture, shared by GoDCer Mike, showing Harry Atwood, taking off from the South Lawn of the White House. This photo was taken on July 14th, 1911. Atwood had traveled all the way from Boston, at the...

six-story apartment building being constructed by Thomas Pickford - April 12th, 1908 (Washington Post)

Apartment Building Collapses in Dupont Circle

You may recognize this building, because it is still there. After reading an article in the Washington Post from 1908, I have a far different perspective on the building. I was doing a little digging for stories about existing Dupont...

White House callers on January 24th, 2012

100 Years Ago: Who Visited the White House?

For the next “This Day in History” post, I came across this list of White House visitors for January 24th, 1912. A long list of prominent individuals visited President Taft that day, from the Italian Ambassador, to the Secretary of...