Robert Alphonso Taft, Jr. (1917 - 1993) MP

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Birthplace: Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
Death: Died in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
Occupation: US Senator, politician
Managed by: David Stephen Donovan
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About Robert Alphonso Taft, Jr.

Robert Taft (generally known as Robert Taft Jr. for the sake of convenience) (February 26, 1917–December 7, 1993) served as a Republican Congressman between 1963 and 1965, and between 1967 and 1971. He also served as a U. S. Senator from Ohio between 1971 and 1976.

Taft attended Yale University and Harvard University Law School. At Yale he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After law school, Taft joined the Cincinnati law firm, Taft, Stettinius, and Hollister, which had been founded by his father. Taft served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1955-1962 until winning election to the United States House of Representatives. Taft won election to the United States House of Representatives in 1962 as an at-large representative from Ohio (at-large seats were barred by the Voting Rights Act). In 1964, rather than running for re-election to the House, he ran for the U.S. Senate, but he lost to Stephen M. Young. In 1966, Taft returned to the House of Representatives, unseating Democratic incumbent (and future Governor of Ohio) John J. Gilligan. In 1968, Taft won re-election, defeating Democrat Carl F. Heiser. Taft then won Young's U.S. Senate seat six years after losing to him when Young did not run for re-election, running against Howard Metzenbaum. Taft, however, lost six years later in a rematch against Metzenbaum. He resigned six days before the end of his term to resume the practice of law.

He was the great-grandson of Secretary of War Alphonso Taft, grandson of President William H. Taft, the son of Senator Robert Alphonso Taft I and Martha Wheaton Bowers. He married Blanca Duncan Noel. They were the parents of Ohio Governor Robert Alphonso Taft II and three other children. Although the subject of this article was listed as "Robert A. Taft, Jr." in the 1920 U.S. Federal Population Census, it is his son who is known as Robert Alphonso Taft II.

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Robert Taft (generally known as Robert Taft Jr. for the sake of convenience) (February 26, 1917–December 7, 1993) served as a Republican Congressman between 1963 and 1965, and between 1967 and 1971. He also served as a U. S. Senator from Ohio between 1971 and 1976.

Taft attended Yale University and Harvard University Law School. At Yale he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After law school, Taft joined the Cincinnati law firm, Taft, Stettinius, and Hollister, which had been founded by his father. Taft served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1955-1962 until winning election to the United States House of Representatives. Taft won election to the United States House of Representatives in 1962 as an at-large representative from Ohio (at-large seats were barred by the Voting Rights Act). In 1964, rather than running for re-election to the House, he ran for the U.S. Senate, but he lost to Stephen M. Young. In 1966, Taft returned to the House of Representatives, unseating Democratic incumbent (and future Governor of Ohio) John J. Gilligan. In 1968, Taft won re-election, defeating Democrat Carl F. Heiser. Taft then won Young's U.S. Senate seat six years after losing to him when Young did not run for re-election, running against Howard Metzenbaum. Taft, however, lost six years later in a rematch against Metzenbaum. He resigned six days before the end of his term to resume the practice of law.

He was the great-grandson of Secretary of War Alphonso Taft, grandson of President William H. Taft, the son of Senator Robert Alphonso Taft I and Martha Wheaton Bowers. He married Blanca Duncan Noel. They were the parents of Ohio Governor Robert Alphonso Taft II and three other children. Although the subject of this article was listed as "Robert A. Taft, Jr." in the 1920 U.S. Federal Population Census, it is his son who is known as Robert Alphonso Taft II.

-------------------- Robert Alphonso Taft Jr. (February 26, 1917 — December 7, 1993) was a member of the Taft political family who served as a Republican Congressman from Ohio between 1963 and 1965, as well as between 1967 and 1971. He also served as a U.S. Senator between 1971 and 1976.

Taft attended Yale University and Harvard Law School. At Yale he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. During World War II, Taft served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946. After law school, Taft joined the Cincinnati law firm, Taft, Stettinius, and Hollister, which had been founded by his father. Taft served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1955-1962 until winning election to the United States House of Representatives. Taft won election to the United States House of Representatives in 1962 as an at-large representative from Ohio (at-large seats were barred by the Voting Rights Act).

In 1964, rather than running for re-election to the House, he ran for the U.S. Senate, but he lost to Stephen M. Young. In 1966, Taft returned to the House of Representatives, unseating Democratic incumbent (and future Governor of Ohio) John J. Gilligan. In 1968, Taft won re-election, defeating Democrat Carl F. Heiser. Taft then won Young's U.S. Senate seat six years after losing to him when Young did not run for re-election, running against Howard Metzenbaum. Taft, however, lost six years later in a rematch against Metzenbaum. He resigned six days before the end of his term to resume the practice of law.

On November 29, 1993, Taft suffered a stroke and fell into a coma. He never woke from the coma and died on December 7, 1993.

from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Taft,_Jr.

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Robert Alphonso Taft II, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1917
February 26, 1917
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
1942
January 8, 1942
Age 24
Boston, Suffolk, MA, United States
1993
December 7, 1993
Age 76
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
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New Haven, CT, United States
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Cambridge, MA, United States
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