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Taft as a progressive

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Taft as a progressive.  After the 1904 election, Roosevelt stated that he would not run for president again. Four years later,  William Howard Taft, his handpicked successor, easily defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan in  his third and final run for the White House. Although Taft had never held elective office, he did have  years of public service behind him. He had been a prosecutor and judge, U.S. solicitor general under  President Harrison, the first civilian governor of the Philippines, and Roosevelt's Secretary of War.  Although more conservative than his predecessor, Taft filed twice the number of antitrust suits as  Roosevelt, and the Supreme Court upheld the breakup of Standard Oil under the Sherman Antitrust  Act (1911) during his administration. Through the Mann-Elkins Act (1910), the authority of the ICC  was again expanded to cover regulation of telephone, telegraph, and cable companies. The act also 
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