Monday, April 27, 2009

President Howard Taft (1857 - 1930)


William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th President of the United States and the 10th Chief Justice of the United States.

Born in 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio, into the powerful Taft family, Taft graduated from Yale College in 1878, and later graduated from Cincinnati Law School in 1880. After his graduation from Cincinnati Law School, Taft worked in a number of local legal positions until being appointed a judge to the Ohio Superior Court in 1887. Taft was then appointed Solicitor General of the United States in 1890 and a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1891. In 1900, President William McKinley appointed Taft Governor-General of the Philippines. In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt, then a political ally of Taft, appointed Taft Secretary of War in order to groom Taft as his successor to the presidency.

5 comments:

Arti said...

This is a great sketch...a softer feeling, and the play of light on his cheek make it adorable....why don't you sometime share your technique? ...

Alex said...

Awesome sketch Greg! I've always wondered how you do the shades and the tools you use to do the fine lines in portraits because the result is always out of this world! :)

Jim said...

Wonderful graphite portrait, Greg.

Jim said...

Wonderful graphite portrait, Greg. You have an excellent eye, hand, and touch!

Junie and J said...

This is excellent. You have a great skill with getting a realistic portrait. I love how sooth your marks are. The portraits are amazing. It looks like you should be able to feel the paper and feel the textures. Look forward to seeking more work