TAFT, Robert, Jr., (1917 - 1993)

Senate Years of Service: 1971-1976
Party: Republican

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

TAFT, Robert, Jr., (son of Robert Alphonso Taft, grandson of President William Howard Taft, and grandnephew of Charles Phelps Taft), a Representative and a Senator from Ohio; born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, February 26, 1917; attended Cincinnati public and private schools; graduated from Yale University in 1939 and from Harvard University Law School in 1942; during the Second World War served as an officer in the United States Navy 1942-1946; admitted to the bar in 1946 and commenced the practice of law in Cincinnati, Ohio; elected to Ohio house of representatives in 1955, 1957, 1959 and 1961, and was majority floor leader 1961-1962; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-eighth Congress (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1965); was not a candidate for renomination to the Eighty-ninth Congress in 1964, but was an unsuccessful Candidate for election to the United States Senate; elected to the Ninetieth Congress; reelected to the Ninety-first Congress (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1971); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives but was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1970; served from January 3, 1971, until his resignation December 28, 1976; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1976; practiced law in Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.; lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, until his death on December 7, 1993; interment in Indian Hill Episcopal Church Cemetery.


Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives; Ross, Ishbel. An American Family: The Tafts. Cleveland: World Publishing Co., 1964.