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Charles Phelps TAFT

(1843-1929)

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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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