Kingsley A. Taft

Kingsley Arter Taft ( born July 19, 1903 in Cleveland, Ohio, † March 28, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio) was an American lawyer and politician of the Republican Party. From 1946 to 1947 he sat for Ohio in the Senate.


Taft was the son of Frederick L. Taft in Cleveland in the influential Taft family. After he graduated from high school, he received his bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1925. In 1928, he received his law degree from Harvard University. He went back naach Ohio and opened a law firm. From 1933 to 1934 he sat in the House of Representatives from Ohio. In 1940 he was elected to the School Board of Shaker Heights, where he remained until 1942. During the Second World War he served in the U.S. Army, most recently as a major.

From 1946 he sat for the U.S. state of Ohio in the Senate. He was elected in a Special Election to succeed James W. Huffman. This, in turn, sat from 1945 to 1946 in the Senate. Huffman took the place of a judge of the Supreme Court appointed Harold Hitz Burton. Taft sat until 1947 in the Senate. He thus completed the actual term of Burton. Taft did not let up for re-election, the Republican candidate, John W. Bricker also became his successor.

In 1948 he was elected as a judge of the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Supreme Court of the State. In 1954 and 1960, he was confirmed in office. For Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he was elected in 1962. He held until his death in 1970 this office.