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  • ID: I149652
  • Name: Charles Phelps TAFT
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 21 DEC 1843 in Mt. Auburn District, Cincinatti, Hamilton Co., OH
  • Death: 31 DEC 1929
  • Note:
    Charles Phelps Taft (December 21, 1843 - December 31, 1929) was an American lawyer and politician. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in the powerful Taft family, whose members had been in politics since in least 1815, in 1864 he graduated from Yale University, and graduated from Columbia University's law department in 1866. In 1867 he received another degree from the University of Heidelberg. In 1869 he resumed his law practice and then in 1879 he became editor of the Cincinnati Times-Star, which would later be bought by the Cincinnati Post. This began the Taft media empire which was his main clame to fame. The group's most known acquisition might be Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1967, but that occurred decades after his death. In 1895 he went to Congress, but served only two years. He returned to the newspaper business after that and for a time owned the Chicago Cubs baseball team from 1914-1916.

    He is the uncle, or half-uncle, of Charles Phelps Taft II, as President William Howard Taft was his half-brother. He married Anna Sinton in 1873, who was an heiress to a pig iron fortune.

    Father: Alphonso TAFT b: 5 NOV 1810 in Townsend, Windham Co., VT
    Mother: Fanny PHELPHS b: 1823

    Marriage 1 Anna STINTON
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