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Forbes: Personal Cars of the Presidents

William Taft: Baker Electric

William Taft (1909-1913) was our first motoring president, and one of the more interesting cars he owned was a Baker Electric. Truly high-tech for the times, it was a popular choice, though not necessarily just because it ran on battery power. Unlike most cars of the time it didn’t require a hand crank to start, which was a major advantage. With a top speed of 14 mph it was anything but fast, but it was virtually maintenance free. The above picture is of Jay Leno and his wife Mavis driving a vintage 1909 Baker Electric to a Hollywood function.

(AP Photo)

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