“Not Afraid”


Secretary of War William Howard Taft told President Theodore Roosevelt that his highest ambition was to serve as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, but Roosevelt hoped Taft would run in the 1908 election as his successor. With Roosevelt’s encouragement, Taft began to consider the option. In this cartoon Taft blocks the buzz of a potential Supreme Court nomination to better hear the enticing buzz of the Presidential bee. Cartoonist Clifford Berryman speculates that Taft may be succumbing to Roosevelt’s wishes and is “not afraid” of running for President.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Senate Used with the permission of the U.S. Senate