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Robert A. Taft

U.S. Senator

Born: 8 September 1889
Died: 31 July 1953
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
Best known as:

The U.S. Senate's "Mr. Republican"

Robert A. Taft was known as "Mr. Republican" for his dominance during the years 1939-1953, when he served as a U.S. senator from Ohio. Robert Taft is most famous for his steady opposition to Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal policies, and for sponsoring the Taft-Hartley Labor Relations Act of 1947. Taft was the son of Helen Herron Taft and William Howard Taft, who was U.S. president from 1909-1913. Robert Taft stood for the GOP presidential nomination three different times, but never received the nomination; in 1952 he was considered a frontrunner but was defeated by war hero Dwight Eisenhower. Robert Taft became Senate majority leader just a few months before his death in 1953.

Extra credit:

Robert A. Taft's son Robert Jr. also was a U.S. senator from Ohio, from 1971-77. His grandson Bob Taft was elected governor of Ohio in 1998.

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