Dowling Family Genealogy

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  • ID: I18498
  • Name: Robert Alphonso TAFT
  • RELA: 8th cousin 3x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 SEP 1889 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
  • Event: Elected BET 3 JAN 1939 AND 31 JUL 1953 United States Senator from Ohio
  • Death: 31 JUL 1953 in New York, NY
  • Title: Sen.
  • Event: Pic Sen. Robert A. Taft
  • Event: Link View on GeneaStar
  • Note:
    TAFT, Robert Alphonso, (son of President William H. Taft, nephew of Charles Phelps Taft, father of Robert Taft, Jr.), a Senator from Ohio; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 8, 1889; attended the public schools of Cincinnati, Ohio, and of Manila, Philippine Islands, and Taft School, Watertown, Conn.; graduated from Yale University in 1910 and from Harvard University Law School in 1913; admitted to the Ohio bar in 1913 and commenced practice in Cincinnati, Ohio; director in a number of business enterprises in Cincinnati; assistant counsel, United States Food Administration 1917-1918; counsel, American Relief Administration 1919; member, Ohio house of representatives 1921-1926, serving as speaker and majority leader 1926; member, Ohio Senate 1931-1932; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1938; reelected in 1944 and again in 1950 and served from January 3, 1939, until his death; majority leader 1953; co-chairman, Joint Committee on the Economic Report (Eightieth Congress), chairman, Committee on Labor and Public Welfare (Eightieth Congress), Republican Policy Committee (Eightieth through Eighty-second Congresses); sponsored the Taft-Hartley Act, designed to create equity in collective bargaining between labor and management; unsuccessful candidate in 1940, 1948, and 1952 for the Republican presidential nomination; died in New York City, July 31, 1953; lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, August 2-3, 1953; interment in Indian Hill Episcopal Church Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Father: William Howard TAFT b: 15 SEP 1857 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
    Mother: Helen HERRON b: 2 JUN 1861 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH

    Marriage 1 Martha Wheaton BOWERS b: 17 DEC 1891 in Winona, Winona Co., MN
    • Married: 17 OCT 1914 in Washington, D.C.
    1. Has Children William Howard TAFT III
    2. Has Children Robert Alphonso TAFT , Jr. b: 26 FEB 1917 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
    3. Has Children Lloyd Bowers TAFT
    4. Has Children Horace Dwight TAFT
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