Robert Taft, Jr.

Robert Taft ( born February 26, 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio; † December 7, 1993 ) was an American politician of the Republican Party. From 1963 to 1965, from 1967 to 1971 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 1st and the 24th Congressional District of the State of Ohio. From 1971 to 1976 he sat for Ohio in the Senate.


Robert Taft was born in Cincinnati, the son of Senator Robert A. Taft. His grandfather was the 27th President of the United States William Howard Taft. His son Bob Taft was 1999-2007 Governor of Ohio.

He does not wear like his father the middle initial. His father is called Robert Alphonso Taft I, his son Bob as Robert Alphonso Taft II He is therefore known colloquially as Robert Taft junior although there is strictly speaking no Robert Taft senior.


Taft graduated from Yale University and Harvard University. At Yale he was a member of the fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy, most recently with the rank of officer. After the war he worked at the law office of his father in Cincinnati. From 1955 to 1962 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio.

Then he was up to 1965 representatives of the 24th District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. He ran for a seat in the Senate, but had to concede defeat Stephen M. Young. 1967, he succeeded in gaining the House again, this time for the 1st District. He held until 1971 its headquarters. He applied again for a seat in the Senate. He won against Howard Metzenbaum and represented Ohio until 1976 as a senator. His mandate he gave six days before the end of his tenure on to work again as a lawyer can.