In 1908, Teddy Roosevelt decided not to run again. Instead, he was able to hand pick his possible successor, William Taft. Taft was everything that TR wanted. He was a good progressive, had plenty of experience, devoted to public service, but most importantly would not show up TR. Though Taft was one of the largest presidents we have had and TR one of the shortest, Taft did not call attention to himself when in a room while TR made sure everyone knew where he was at all times.