Helen Herron Taft
|First Lady of the United States|
March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913
|Preceded by||Edith Roosevelt|
|Succeeded by||Ellen Wilson|
Helen Louise Herron
June 2, 1861
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||May 22, 1943 (aged 81)|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
(m. 1886; died 1930)
|Education||University of Cincinnati|
Early life[change | change source]
Her parents were Harriet Collins and John W. Herron. She was their fourth child. She spent her childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Marriage[change | change source]
When Helen Herron was 18 years old, she met Will Taft. They married in 1886. William Howard Taft and Helen Herron Taft had three children:
- Robert A. Taft (1889-1953), United States Senator from Ohio
- Helen Taft Manning (1891-1987), Professor at Bryn Mawr College
- Charles Phelps Taft II (1897-1983), mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.
First Lady[change | change source]
She was a part of her husband’s rise in administration and politics. When her husband became the president, she gave special attention to the social life at the White House. When she suffered from stroke, her daughter Helen Taft Manning left college for a year to look after the social life at the White House.
During their stay at the White House, the couple celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in 1911. People celebrate a silver anniversary after 25 years of any occasion. She had also written a book named Recollections of Full Years. The book tells about her work and life. Her husband died in 1930. She continued to live in Washington D.C. after the death of her husband. She died on May 22, 1943.