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From WH Taft to WF Buckley:
new home for Yale conservatives

It's not quite The House That Bill Built, but it will do.

Yale's William F. Buckley Jr. Program—founded by students in 2011 to "promote intellectual diversity" on campus—aims to provide "a home for a diverse collection of serious conservative thought." Soon that home will have a home of its own: the William H. Taft Mansion.

The program named for William F. Buckley Jr. ’50, one of Yale's most famous conservative intellectuals, will move in January into the mansion named for William Howard Taft (class of 1878), the trust-busting US president, Supreme Court chief justice, and Yale Law professor.

Taft owned but never lived in the house at 111 Whitney Avenue (across from the Peabody Museum), the New York Times reports, adding that the move, a rental deal, will be financed by an anonymous donor.

With the move, the Buckley Program "has abandoned its peripatetic status," board chairman Roger Kimball ’82MPhil says in a press release. Perhaps channeling Buckley's propensity for big words, Kimball continues: "It henceforth will enjoy local habitation as well as a name as it continues its work bringing lux and veritas to the tenebrous corners of the Yale community and the world beyond. It is consoling to know that politically mature scholars and commentators will now have a welcoming roof in New Haven under which to congregate."

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