1920

Former President and current Yale Law Professor William Howard Taft inaugurates the Herbert Godwin Lectureship on Public Affairs on April 21 and 22. Welcomed by President Lovett, donor Herbert Godwin and Board Chairman James A. Baker, Taft greets 400 faculty, students and Houston leaders at a buffet lunch in the Commons and speaks to the all-male audience informally. He holds 2 public lectures before crowds of 4,500 at the City Auditorium: "Conservation of the Institution of the Republic" and "League of Nations." "Characteristically humorous," Taft praises Rice's high standards and champions the League as the "hope of humanity."

 

President Lovett, Herbert Godwin, former President Taft and Captain Baker during inaugural Godwin Lectureship activities.
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