One Hundred Years: The Legacy of Taft

On March 4, 2013, by AMI Staff

The day was March 4, 1913, and, unbeknownst to the American populous, a seachange was about to occur in presidential politics.

Wilson and Taft at the inaugural

Wilson and Taft at the 1913 inaugural

Indeed, on that day of great sadness, Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated President of the United States. His presidency, of course, is broadly considered the weakest in American history.

Perhaps, as presidential history Doris Kearns Goodwin once noted,  it is because it came on the heels of the tenure of President William Howard Taft, the last person of Mustached American heritage to serve as U.S. President who led this nation with an iron-fisted adjudicative strength not seen since his predecessor, President Teddy Roosevelt.

Since that moment, nary a ruggedly handsome mustache or beard has made its home in the White House. Only Thomas E. Dewey in 1948 even represented a major party as a candidate for the office since.

Which means it has been 100 years since a Mustached American occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in our Nation’s Capitol.

It is a stain on our American conscience, and in remembrance — so that we shall never forget and ever hope and pray for progress — the American Mustache Institute herby calls for March 4 to be “Taft Day” across these United States.

God bless America.

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