President Taft at San Francisco (1911)

President William Howard Taft turns the first spadeful of earth for the coming Panama Pacific Exposition which was to celebrate the rebuilding of San Francisco.


Credited cast:
William Howard Taft ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lillian Nordica Lillian Nordica ... Self




The genial Taft smile appears abundantly in this excellent topical picture. The occasion is the ground-breaking for the Panama Pacific International Exposition at San Francisco in 1915, celebrating the opening to commerce of the Panama Canal. The picture includes, besides close up views of Taft turning the first shovel of dirt, excellent views of San Francisco, after the earthquake and at the present time, and of state and national notables of Importance. Madam Lillian Nordica closes the ceremonies by singing the national anthem. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

16 November 1911 (USA) See more »

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President Taft at San Francisco, Breaking Ground for the Panama Pacific International Exposition See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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