Taft, Helen

Taft, Helen (b. Herron)

(1861–1943) First Lady; born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She married William Howard Taft in 1886. A vigorous supporter of her husband, she pushed him to seek the presidency in 1908. In 1909 she suffered a stroke that impaired her speech and kept her out of the public eye for eighteen months.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.