Charles Phelps Taft

Charles Phelps Taft ( born December 21, 1843 in Cincinnati, Ohio, † December 31, 1929 ) was an American politician of the Republican Party. From 1895 to 1897 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 1st Congressional District of the State of Ohio.


Charles Phelps Taft was born in Cincinnati, the son of Alphonso Taft. The later U.S. President William Howard Taft was his half brother.

In 1864 he graduated from Yale University in 1866 at Columbia University. He studied law at both universities. He received a undergraduate degree in 1867 from the Ruprecht -Karls- University of Heidelberg. In 1869 he opened a law firm in Cincinnati. In 1879 he was editor of the Cincinnati Times -Star, today's Cincinnati Post.

In 1895 he was elected for the first district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. The interests of the district he represented in the House only one term, in 1897, he retired again from the Congress.

After his retirement from politics, he was back working in the media business. From 1914 to 1916 he was the owner of the baseball team the Chicago Cubs.

Taft was married from 1873 until his death with Anna Sinton. With her he had a son. He died in 1929 in his hometown and was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery.

The small Texas town of Taft was named after him in 1904.