The review and the White House, in review

Your cover story on Barack Obama in the recent Bulletin reminded me of the other connections between presidents of the Harvard Law Review and presidents of the United States. Obviously, Obama will be the first to have held both offices. However, one president of the United States had a son who was president of the Harvard Law Review (William Howard Taft and Robert A. Taft), one nominee for president had a son who was president of the Review (Charles Evans Hughes and Charles Evans Hughes Jr.) and one former president of the Review made a serious run for the presidency (Robert A. Taft again, who would have been the Republican nominee in 1952 if Eisenhower had not become a Republican).

Turning from the presidency to the Supreme Court, Charles Evans Hughes succeeded William Howard Taft as chief justice, and Charles Evans Hughes Jr. succeeded Robert A. Taft as president of the Review.