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Louisa Maria Taft (Torrey)

Also Known As: "Louise"
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Millbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Samuel Davenport Torrey; Samuel Davenport Torrey; Susan Holman Torrey (Waters) and Susan Torrey
Wife of Alphonso Taft and Ambassador Alphonso Taft
Mother of William Howard Taft; Samuel Davenport Taft; William H. Taft, 27th President of the USA; Henry Waters Taft; Horace Dutton Taft, I and 1 other
Sister of Delia Chapin Orton; Samuel Davenport Torrey; Susan Waters Torrey and Anna Davenport Torrey

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About Louisa Maria Taft

Louisa “Louise” Maria Torrey (11 September 1827-8 December 1907) was the second wife of Alphonso Taft, and the mother of U.S. President William Howard Taft.


She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the first daughter of Samuel Davenport Torrey (1789-1877) and his second wife, the former Susan Holman Waters (1803-1866). Her three sisters were Delia Chapin Torry (who married geologist Edward Orton), Anna Davenport Torrey, and Susan H. Torrey. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College (then Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in 1845.

Marriage and family life

She married Alphonso Taft, widowed in 1852, on 26 December 1853 in Millbury, Massachusetts, becoming step-mother to his two living sons by his first wife, Fanny Phelps, Charles Phelps Taft, who became the publisher of the Cincinnati Times-Star and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1895 to 1897, and Peter Rawson "Rossy" Taft.

They had five children, four of whom lived to adulthood. The first, who died aged 14 months of pertussis, was Samuel Davenport Torrey Taft. The second was President William Howard Taft; next was Henry Waters Taft, who became a lawyer in New York City; fourth was Horace Dutton Taft, founder of the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, and the last was Frances Louis "Fanny" Taft, who married surgeon William A. Edwards.

The family lived in Cincinnati during her husband's tenure as judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati, in Washington, D. C. when he was, successively, Secretary of War and Attorney General and in Austria-Hungary and Russia when he served as U.S. ambassador there.


Louise Taft died at Millbury, Massachusetts aged 80 years, and was interred at Spring Grove Cemetery, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Louisa Maria Taft's Timeline

September 11, 1827
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
December 26, 1853
Age 26
Millbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Age 27
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
September 15, 1857
Age 30
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
May 27, 1859
Age 31
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
September 28, 1861
Age 34
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
July 18, 1865
Age 37
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
December 8, 1907
Age 80
Millbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States