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What US President later became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?

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March 05, 2013 10:06PM

William Howard Taft is the only person in US History to serve as both President of the United States and and a member of the US Supreme Court.

In 1921, President Warren G. Harding nominated Taft to replace Chief Justice Edward Douglas White, who had died in office. The Senate confirmed his nomination in a secret vote by a margin of 60-4. Taft presided over the Court until 1930, when he was forced to retire due to ill health.