Before he was President: William Taft

William Howard Taft, 1909-1913 legal clerk
As a child William Taft was active in athletics, especially swimming. After graduating from Yale Taft wanted to go to law school, but he needed money. So he took a job that his brother Charles offered to him as a court reporter. Charles owned the "Times Star" newspaper in Cincinnati. He did such a good job at reporting that another newspaper lured him to their business and paid him $25 a week to continue reporting from the courts. Later on in his career as a lawyer he began dating Nellie Herron. She had visited the White House when she was a little girl and determined that when she grew up she would become a First Lady. She later married Taft who of course went on to become the President.


Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921 teacher, football coach
Many considered book writer and college president Woodrow Wilson to be an intellectual, however, many people didn't realize he was dyslexic and didn't learn the alphabet until he was 9 and couldn't read until he was 11. He took teaching jobs at Bryn Mawr College (1885-1888) and Wesleyan University (1888-1890), where he coached the football team.


Warren Harding, 1921-1923 newspaper editor
Harding came from a newspaper family, learning the ins and outs of his fatherís business beginning when he was 10 years old. He studied the newspaper trade in college and, after dabbling in teaching, insurance and the law, dove into the business full time. With partners, he cobbled together $300.00 to buy the Marion Daily Star in Ohio. He owned the paper outright by the time he was 21.Owning a business wore Harding down, but he refueled at a local Kellogg Brothers sanitarium, (owned by John Harvey Kellogg and his brother, W. K. Kellogg, (who later created corn flakes). He pursued his business aggressively. In 1923, the year he died, Harding sold his paper for $550,000. In todayís dollars, thatís about $7 million. Source  Source2

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