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From President to Chief Justice

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    There is only one time in our history that a former President of the United States went on to serve on the Supreme Court after their tenure in office and that distinction belongs to President William Howard Taft. Eight years after his Presidency, President Harding appointed Mr. Taft as the next Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, a dream that Mr. Taft had held his entire life. He was quickly confirmed and was in charge of the court from 1921 until his death in 1930. His greatest legacy was helping persuade congress to appropriate the funds for a separate building for the Supreme Court, which they did so in 1929. President Taft never lived to see the completion of the new home of the Supreme Court, but his name will be forever associated with it's completion.