Nomination of William Howard Taft as Chief Justice

Warren G. Harding1921

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA, United States

In 1921, Warren G. Harding selected former president William Howard Taft to fill the vacancy for chief justice. Under Taft’s leadership, the Supreme Court made an historic ruling that affirmed the president’s inherent authority to remove officials from the executive branch—a power that is not expressly listed in the Constitution.


  • Title: Nomination of William Howard Taft as Chief Justice
  • Creator: Warren G. Harding
  • Date Created: 1921
  • Subject Keywords: removal power, presidency
  • Original Source: U.S. National Archives
  • Rights: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

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