Robert A. Taft

Birth Name: Robert Alphonso Taft

Date of Birth: September 8, 1889

Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: July 31, 1953

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, small amount of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Robert A. Taft was an American politician and statesman. A Republican, he was a U.S. Senator from Ohio, from January 3, 1939 to July 31, 1953, Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman, from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1953, and Senate Majority Leader, from January 3, 1953 to July 31, 1953.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1940, 1948, and 1952.

Robert was the son of Helen Herron Taft (born Helen Louise Herron) and William Howard Taft, who was President of the United States, from 1909 to 1913, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from 1921 to 1930. His siblings were Helen Taft Manning, a history professor and college dean, and Charles Phelps Taft II, a politician. He was married to Martha Wheaton Bowers, with whom he had four children.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Alphonso Taft (the son of Peter Rawson Taft and Sylvia Howard). Alphonso was born in Vermont, and was a jurist and diplomat, who was the 34th United States Attorney General, from 1876 to 1877, and the 31st United States Secretary of War, in 1876. Peter was the son of Aaron Taft and Rhoda Rawson. Sylvia was the daughter of Levi Howard/Hayward and Bethia/Berthiah Chapin.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Louisa Maria “Louise” Torrey (the daughter of Samuel Davenport Torrey and Susan Holman Waters). Louisa was born in Massachusetts. Samuel was the son of William Torrey and Anna Davenport. Susan was the daughter of Asa Waters and Susan Trask Holman.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was John Williamson Herron (the son of Francis Herron and Jane W.). John was born in Pennsylvania. Francis was the son of William Herron and Nancy Reynolds.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Harriet Anne Collins (the daughter of Ela Collins and Maria Clinton). Harriet was born in New York. Ela was a prominent lawyer and politician in New York, and was the son of Oliver Collins, a general, and of Lois Cowles/Cole. Maria was the daughter of The Rev. Isaac Clinton and Charity Welles.

Robert’s grandmother Harriet was a sister of William Collins, a congressman, and Isaac Clinton Collins, a judge and politician.

Sources: Genealogies of Robert A. Taft – https://www.geni.com
https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Robert’s father – https://famouskin.com

Genealogy of Robert’s mother – https://famouskin.com

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