I'm studying history and as I came across a structural conundrum that I have no idea how to answer.
His successor's, Taft, Standard Oil decision suggested John D. Rockefeller's massive oil monopoly...
His successor, Taft,'s Standard Oil decision suggested John D. Rockefeller's massive oil monopoly...
The question is should I place the modifier after the noun "his successor" or should I place it before? If I place it after, the modifier will be modifying something I don't want to modify.
"His" here refers to President Theodore Roosevelt.
I know that there are alternatives to this sentence. But I am just wondering about the usage of possessive nouns (or modifiers) in this case.