TAFT, Robert, Jr. (1917-1993)

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.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 2 audiotapes (1971, 1973) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
Papers: Several reels of speeches and debates by Taft as candidate and senator.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1976. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.

Herbert Hoover Library
West Branch, IA
Oral History: 1971. 8 pages. Finding aid.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: May 21, 1969. 15 pages. Finding aid.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1897-1993 (bulk 1963-1976). Ca. 750,000 items. Chiefly correspondence, memoranda, reports, legislative files, caucus/political files, printed matter, press releases, speeches and writings, transcripts of interviews, radio and television broadcasts, and newspaper clippings documenting legislative work as member of United States House of Representatives and as U.S. Senator. Legislative files include bill files, committee files, legislative assistant's files, voting and attendance records, staff correspondence, memoranda and notes, supporting materials, and statements. Topics include Vietnam War, Middle East, world population control, Occupational Safety and Health Act, emergency dispute legislation, and extension of National Labor Relations Act to cover health care workers. Also includes family correspondence and papers, personal and professional files, political files, general correspondence, and Ohio State House of Representatives files. Restricted, inquire at repository.
Additional Papers: In Robert A. Taft papers, 1898-1953; and Charles Phelps Taft papers, 1824-1972.
Oral History: 1978. 74 pages. Association of Former Members of Congress.

Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Cleveland, OH
Papers: In Cyrus Eaton papers, 1901-1978. Finding aid.

  • Ross, Ishbel. An American Family: The Tafts. Cleveland: World Publishing Co., 1964.