William Howard Taft
Dec, 1908
William Howard Taft was appointed in March 1862 as the second circuit judge to serve on the newly-created United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As a federal judge Taft followed the Pullman strike very closely. In some of his private letters he revealed his views. On July 7, 1894 he wrote to his wife: "The situation in Chicago is very alarming and distressing and until they have had much bloodletting, it will not be better. The situation is complicated by the demagogues and populists . . . who are continually encouraging resistance to federal authority. Word comes tonight that thirty men have been killed by the federal troops. Though it is bloody business, everybody hopes that it is true." The next day he wrote her again: "The Chicago situation is not much improved. They have only killed six of the mob as yet. This is hardly enough to make an impression." Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-13027