Alphonso Taft

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Alphonso Taft
31st United States Secretary of War
In office
March 8, 1876 – May 22, 1876
PresidentUlysses S. Grant
Preceded byWilliam W. Belknap
Succeeded byJ. Donald Cameron
34th United States Attorney General
In office
May 22, 1876 – March 4, 1877
PresidentUlysses S. Grant
Preceded byEdwards Pierrepont
Succeeded byCharles Devens
Personal details
Born(1810-11-05)November 5, 1810
Townshend, Vermont, U.S.
DiedMay 21, 1891(1891-05-21) (aged 80)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Fanny Phelps (1841-1851)
Louise Taft (1827-1907)
ChildrenCharles Phelps Taft (1843-1929)
Peter Rawson Taft, II (1846-1889)
William Howard Taft (1857-1930)
Henry Waters Taft (1859-1945)
Horace Dutton Taft (1861-1943)
Frances Louis "Fanny" Taft (1865-1950)
four others
Alma materYale University
ProfessionLawyer, Tutor, Politician

Alphonso Taft (November 5, 1810 – May 21, 1891) was the United States Attorney General and United States Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant. He was the father of U.S. President William Howard Taft.

Taft was born on November 15, 1810 in Townshend, Vermont.[1] He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Taft stuided at Yale College, at Yale Law School, and at Yale University. He was married to Fanny Phelps from 1841 until her death in 1951. They had five children. Then he was married to Lousie Maria Torrey from 1853 until his death in 1891. They had five children. Taft died on May 21, 1891 in San Diego, California from heart failure, aged 80.

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  1. "Alphonso Taft". Secretaries of War and Secretaries of the Army. United States Army Center of Military History. 1992. CMH Pub 70-12. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2012-12-20.

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