Charles Phelps Taft II

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Charles Phelps Taft, II

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio
Death: June 24, 1983 (85)
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
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Son of William Howard Taft, 27th President and 10th Chief Justice of the USA and Helen "Nellie" Herron, 1st Lady of the United States
Husband of Eleanor Chase Taft
Father of Sylvia Howard Lotspeich; Private; Lucia Chase Taft; Eleanor Kellogg Hall; Rosalyn Rawson Taft and 3 others
Brother of Sen. Robert Alphonso Taft, Sr.; Helen Taft Manning; Private and Private

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About Charles Phelps Taft II

Charles Phelps Taft II (September 20, 1897 - June 24, 1983), U.S. Republican Party politician and member of the Taft family, From 1955 to 1957, he served as Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio. Like other members of his family, Taft was a Republican for the purposes of state-wide elections. However, when running for municipal office in Cincinnati, Taft was a member of the Charter Party. During his term as mayor, Fortune magazine ranked Cincinnati as the best managed big city in the United States. As mayor, he gained the nicknamed "Mr. Cincinnati".

Upon graduation from law school, Taft practiced law and became active in Cincinnati local politics. In 1925, he helped introduce the home-rule charter under which, Cincinnati became the first major city in the United States to adopt the City Manager form of government. Later that year, he became the youngest President of the International YMCA. In 1926, he and his brother Robert Taft helped form the Cincinnati law firm Taft, Stettinius, and Hollister. From 1927 to 1928, he served as Hamilton County Prosecutor. He served on the Cincinnati City Council three times, from 1938 to 1942, from 1948 to 1951, and from 1955 to 1977. During World War II, he served as Director of U.S. Community War Service at the Federal Security Agency and later as Director of Economic Affairs at the State Department, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. From 1947 to 1948, he served as the first layman President of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America. In 1952, he ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Ohio, losing to incumbent Frank J. Lausche.

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Charles Phelps Taft II's Timeline

September 20, 1897
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio
August 7, 1920
June 9, 1924
June 6, 1930
June 24, 1983
Age 85
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA