Progressivism Under Taft. Taft Becomes President. A. William Howard Taft 1. Taft was handpicked by Theodore Roosevelt to be the next president. 2. However, Taft did not expand the Republican Party and he received little popularity. 3. He was in Roosevelt’s shadow.
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1. Many Republicans disagreed with Taft’s support of Joseph Cannon, Speaker of the House because Cannon did not support Progressive Bills.
2. At midterm elections in 1910, Republicans lost control of the House to the Democrats for the first time in 18 years.