Robert Taft Jr.
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Portrait of Senator Robert Taft, Jr. of Ohio
Robert Taft, Jr. was born on February 26, 1917, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was grandson of President William Howard Taft. He attended both public and private schools in Cincinnati, before enrolling in Yale University. He graduated from Yale with his undergraduate degree in 1939, and he then proceeded to enroll in Harvard University Law School. Upon graduating with his law degree in 1942, Taft enlisted in the United States Navy and served for the duration of World War II.
Upon leaving the Navy in 1946, Taft practiced law in Cincinnati. Ten years later he embarked upon a career in politics, winning election to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1955, where he served four consecutive terms. Taft was a devoted member of the Republican Party. In 1962, he sought and won election to the United States House of Representatives, where he served only a single term, failing to win his party's nomination in 1964. That same year, Taft unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate.
Despite suffering these two setbacks, Taft remained active in politics, winning election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966 and 1968. In 1970, Taft's political fortunes continued to rise, as he won election to the United States Senate, a seat that he would lose in the election of 1976. Upon losing this election, Taft retired from politics, choosing to practice law in both Cincinnati and Washington, DC, instead. He died on December 7, 1993.
Robert Taft, Jr., was the father of Ohio Governor Bob Taft.