William Howard Taft was a Democratic Congressman representing the state of Ohio in the United States House of Representatives. In the 1910s, he was Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, the first committee assignment of freshman Socialist Congresswoman Flora Hamburger. He found Hamburger exasperating, particularly for her opposition to the Great War, and the two quarreled from time to time. He continued to do so after the Socialists won control of Congress in 1918 and he was stripped of his chairmanship. In 1919, he opposed a resolution that she called for condemning the Freedom Party's violence against blacks in the Confederate States.
Taft's son Robert followed in his political footsteps.