TAFT, Charles Phelps, (1843 - 1929)


An Illustrated Congressional Manual. The United States Red Book, 1896, (detail), Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

TAFT, Charles Phelps, (brother of President William Howard Taft, uncle of Robert Alphonso Taft and granduncle of Robert Taft, Jr.), a Representative from Ohio; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 21, 1843; attended the common schools and was graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., in 1860, from Yale College in 1864, and from Columbia College Law School of New York in 1866; was admitted to the bar in 1866; went to Germany and was graduated from the University of Heidelberg in 1867; commenced the practice of law in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1869; member of the State house of representatives 1871-1873; became owner and editor of the Cincinnati Times-Star in 1879; member of the board of sinking-fund trustees of the city of Cincinnati for sixteen years and served as president 1898-1908; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); was not a candidate for renomination in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; resumed the newspaper business in Cincinnati; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1908 and 1912; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 31, 1929; interment in Spring Grove Cemetery.