William H. Taft's Presidency

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Give support for calling William Taft "the trustbuster."

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Although Theodore Roosevelt is much better known as a "trustbuster," William Howard Taft actually deserves the title at least as much as Roosevelt does.

Perhaps the best evidence for this is the actual number of lawsuits that Taft brought against monopolies as compared to the number brought by Roosevelt.  Taft...

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Although Theodore Roosevelt is much better known as a "trustbuster," William Howard Taft actually deserves the title at least as much as Roosevelt does.

Perhaps the best evidence for this is the actual number of lawsuits that Taft brought against monopolies as compared to the number brought by Roosevelt.  Taft was president for four years.  In those four years, he brought 90 suits against trusts.  By contrast, Roosevelt was president for 7.5 years.  In those years, he brought only 44 suits.   Taft even went so far as to, in 1911, file suite against the US Steel corporation even though that company had been formed out of mergers that Roosevelt had been involved with.

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