A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Taft, Robert Alphonso

Taft, Robert Alphonso (b. Cincinnati, Ohio, 8 September 1889; d. Washington, D.C., 31 July 1953) The son of William H. Taft, he graduated first in his Harvard law school class. He served in the Ohio legislature (1921–36), was nominated to be Republican candidate for president in 1936, and entered the US Senate. He became the leading Republican isolationist and strongly opposed lend lease (see Lend Lease Act) and other US prewar assistance to Britain. After 1945, he co-sponsored the Taft–Hartley Act and vigorously attacked the Truman administration as an ineffective foe of communism. Although senate majority leader and known as “Mr Republican,” he was passed over for president in 1952 in favor of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He died of cancer soon after.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Taft, Robert Alphonso," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CN64U8YY56FCLJR.

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Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Taft, Robert Alphonso' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CN64U8YY56FCLJR.