Person:Alphonso Taft (1)

     
Alphonso Taft
m. 1810
  1. Alphonso Taft1810 - 1891
m. SEP 1841
m. 26 Dec 1853
  1. President William Howard Taft1857 - 1930
  2. Henry Waters Taft1859 - 1945
  3. Horace Dutton Taft1861 - 1943
Facts and Events
Name Alphonso Taft
Gender Male
Birth[1] 5 Nov 1810 Townsend,Windham Co.,VT
Marriage SEP 1841 to Fanny Phelps
Marriage 26 Dec 1853 Millbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United Statesto Louise Maria Torrey
Death[1] 21 May 1891 San Diego,San Diego Co.,CA
Burial[2] Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States


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Alphonso Taft (November 5, 1810 – May 21, 1891) was a jurist, the Attorney General and Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant, a diplomat, and the founder of an American political dynasty. Secretary of War Taft reformed the War Department by allowing commanders at Indian Forts to choose who could start and run post traderships. U.S. Attorney General Taft forcefully advocated President Grant's right to use military force to keep peace in South Carolina and Mississippi to protect African Americans during the Elections of 1876. Attorney General Taft strongly believed that African Americans should not be denied the right to vote through intimidation and violence.[1] Attorney General Taft coauthored a bill to Congress, signed into law by President Grant, that created the Elections Commission that settled the controversial Hayes-Tilden election. Taft served as minister to Austria-Hungary having been appointed by Chester A. Arthur in 1882 and served until July 4, 1884. Taft was transferred by President Arthur to Minister of Russia in St. Petersburg and served until August, 1885. Taft had a reputation for serving political office with integrity and character. Taft was the father of President William H. Taft.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Alphonso Taft, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. Find A Grave.