When President William Howard Taft came to Salt Lake City in 1911, it was at the Commercial Club where Taft chose to defend the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1911 landmark decisions to dissolve the Standard Oil Company and the American Tobacco Company; both considered in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. While Taft had intended to speak about local concerns, his speech focused mainly on the federal control of “trusts and combinations.” Taft said that the court decisions were “epoch-making and established a precedent for dealing with combinations of capital in the future.” He also denounced the muckrakers and urged tolerance; he said only pure motives should be ascribed to executive officers until other motives are proved. The newspapers of the time called it, “one of the greatest and most important speeches of his western trip.”