TAFT, Kingsley Arter, (1903 - 1970)

Senate Years of Service: 1946-1947
Party: Republican

Ohio Historical Society

TAFT, Kingsley Arter, a Senator from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, July 19, 1903; attended the public schools of Cleveland; graduated from Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., in 1925 and from the law school of Harvard University in 1928; admitted to the bar in 1928; practiced law in Cleveland, Ohio, through 1948; member, Ohio house of representatives 1933-1934; member, Shaker Heights board of education 1940-1942, serving as president in 1942; during the Second World War was commissioned as a captain in the United States Army in 1942; promoted to major in 1945; separated from the service in 1946; trustee of Baldwin-Wallace College and the Welfare Federation of Cleveland; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on November 5, 1946, to fill the vacancy in the term ending January 3, 1947, caused by the resignation of Harold H. Burton; served from November 6, 1946, until January 3, 1947; was not a candidate for election to the full term; justice of the Ohio Supreme Court 1948-1962, chief justice from 1962 until his death on March 28, 1970, in Columbus, Ohio; interment in Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.