Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking: William Howard and Nellie Taft

Category: Speakers & Lecture Series
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

The New Canaan Library and the Lapham Community Center are pleased to present ”Presidents and Their First Ladies, dramatically speaking” in the Adrian Lamb Room at the Library.  Presidents and Their First Ladies, dramatically speaking is the creation of husband and wife, writing and acting team William and Sue Wills. They bring to life 32 different presidential couples. William researching and creating the scripts, Sue designing the costumes, and both performing the First couples stories.  This year marks the 14th year they have shared their Presidential couples with the New Canaan Community.

They will tell the story of the only man to hold two of the most important positions in the U.S. government, President of the United States, 1909-1913 and Chief Justice of the United States, 1921-1930, William Howard Taft and his wife (Helen) Nellie. 

The desire to be First Lady was something in Nellie’s heart since she was a young girl and the desire to be Chief Justice was always in Bill’s heart.  As rarely occurs in life, both got what they desired.  Bill Taft’s marvelous personality and his unique relationship with Theodore Roosevelt are highlighted in the script.  Big Bill Taft was the nicest  man to hold the office of the Presidency.  Will Rogers said of him: “It’s great to be great, but it’s greater to be human.”

William and Sue Wills hope that by presenting the personal stories of these first couples, they will become more than just names you read about in the history books.