During his presidency, William Taft failed to emerge from the shadow of his predecessor. Theodore Roosevelt’s successes were the yardstick by which William Taft measured himself and by which the public measured him. Despite their opposite personalities, Taft and Roosevelt were friends both politically and in private. The dynamics of Roosevelt’s politician and the unpretentious judgment of an active lawyer complimented each other. Roosevelt appreciated Taft’s benevolent slowness, his incorruptible character, sharp legal mind, and unconditional loyalty.