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Helen Herron Taft
Helen Herron Taft
First Lady of the United States
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913
Preceded by Edith Roosevelt
Succeeded by Ellen Axson Wilson
Personal details
Born (1861-06-02)June 2, 1861
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died May 22, 1943(1943-05-22) (aged 81)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Spouse(s) William Howard Taft
Children Robert, Helen, Charles
Occupation First Lady of The United States

Helen Louise Herron "Nellie" Taft (June 2, 1861 – May 22, 1943) was the wife of William Howard Taft and First Lady of the United States from 1909 to 1913.

Early life

Her parents were Harriet Collins and John W. Herron. She was their fourth child. She spent her childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio.


When Helen Herron was 18 years old, she met Will Taft. They married in 1886. William Howard Taft and Helen Herron Taft had three children:

First Lady

She was a part of her husband’s rise in administration and politics. When her husband became the president, she gave special attention to the social life at the White House. When she suffered from stroke, her daughter Helen Taft Manning left college for a year to look after the social life at the White House.

During their stay at the White House, the couple celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in 1911. People celebrate a silver anniversary after 25 years of any occasion. She had also written a book named Recollections of Full Years. The book tells about her work and life. Her husband died in 1930. She continued to live in Washington D.C. after the death of her husband. She died on May 22, 1943.

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