As a girl the wife of the American President mixed in political circles, for her father, the Hon. John W. Herron, of Cincinnati, was a State senator. Splendidly educated, both in school and by travel, gracious and frankly cordial in her hospitality, Mrs. Taft has made an ideal mistress of the White House since her husband became President of the States in 1909. With her husband she has visited almost every corner of the globe, and boasts that she can always be ready to start for anywhere at an hour's notice. She was married to Mr. Taft in 1886, when she was twenty-four years of age, and has one daughter, Miss Helen Herron Taft, and two sons, Robert and Charles. All three children have distinguished themselves at college, and their parents are rightly proud of them. An accomplished musician, Mrs. Taft often entertains her husband and family, and has always been the constant companion of her sons and daughter. She believes in the higher education of women, and encouraged her daughter to seek a college education. She is also very fond of children, and has often cancelled social engagements in order that she might contribute to their pleasure. It was a noticeable fact that when the time came for her to overlook the arrangements for her family's personal comfort in their official home, the rooms her daughter was to occupy received her personal attention, and details with regard to light and sunshine largely influenced her choice in the allocation of the different apartments.

Mrs. Taft

Mrs. Taft