Taft’s speech to be recognized after 100 years
This year marks the 100th anniversary of President William Howard Taft’s visit to Baker University’s Baldwin City campus.
Taft, president of the United States from 1909 to 1913, delivered a speech on world peace on Sept. 24, 1911, as part of the inauguration ceremony for Baker President Wilbur Nesbitt Mason. Distinguished guests gathered at Case Memorial Library before being led by Taft and Mason through a double line of students to Taylor Hall, now known as Mabee Hall.
Taft is the only U.S. president to speak at Baker University while in office. Presidents Truman and Ford spoke at convocation ceremonies after completing their terms. Truman was on the Baldwin City campus on March 13, 1962, and Ford on Oct. 17, 1990.
The university plans to acknowledge the anniversary of Taft’s speech in late September or early October.