Robert A. Taft

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Robert A. Taft
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
January 3, 1939 – July 31, 1953
Preceded by Robert J. Bulkley
Succeeded by Thomas A. Burke
Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1953 – July 31, 1953
Preceded by Ernest McFarland
Succeeded by William F. Knowland
Personal details
Born Robert Alphonso Taft
September 8, 1889(1889-09-08)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died July 31, 1953(1953-07-31) (aged 63)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Martha Wheaton Bowers
(1914-1953; his death)
Alma mater Yale University, Harvard Law School
Religion Episcopalian
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Robert Alphonso Taft (September 8, 1889 – July 31, 1953) was an American politician for the Republican Party. He was the son of President William Howard Taft. He served as the Senator of Ohio from January 3, 1939 until his death in July 31, 1953. Taft was also the Senate Majority Leader from January 3, 1953 until his death on July 31, 1953. He is thought to be one of the greatest Senators in American history.[1]He ran for President four times from 1940, 1944, 1948, and in 1952.

Taft was born on September 8, 1889 in Cincinnati, Ohio.[2] He studied at Taft School, at Yale University and at the Harvard Law School. Taft was married to Martha Wheaton Bowers from 1914 until his death in 1953. They had four sons. Taft died on July 31, 1953 in a hospital in New York City, New York from a cerebral hemorrhage, aged 63.

References[change | change source]

  1. "The "Famous Five"". http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/The_Famous_Five.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-29.
  2. "Taft's son elected to Skull and Bones". New York Times. 28 May 1909.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Kirk, Russell and James McClellan, eds. The Political Principles of Robert A. Taft (1967).
  • Wunderlin, Clarence E. Jr., et al. eds. The Papers of Robert A. Taft vol 1, 1889–1939 (1998); vol 2, 1940–1944 (2001); vol 3, 1945–1948 (2003); vol 4, 1949–1953 (2006).
  • Robert A. Taft, A Foreign Policy for Americans