PROHIBITION: Taft Conversion

The conversion of the late great William Howard Taft from Wet to Dry was the high spot of last week's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, sitting in judgment on measures to modify or repeal national Prohibition.† In 1918 Mr. Taft, as Yale's Kent Professor of Law, was an avowed Wet. He wrote letters, later widely quoted, to his friend, Allen Lincoln of New Haven, opposing the 18th Amendment, predicting dire results from its ratification (TIME, Oct. 15, 1928). In 1923, as Chief Justice, he made a Yale commencement speech in which...

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