William Howard Taft

Early Life and Family

What did his father do for a living?

Alphonso Taft had a distinguished legal and political career. A Yale graduate, Taft studied law and became a successful lawyer and jurist. He served several terms as a Superior Court judge in Cincinnati. He accepted an appointment from President Ulysses S. Grant to be his secretary of war in 1876 for a few months, and then his U.S. attorney general for two years, 1876 to 1878. President Chester A. Arthur appointed him minister to Austria-Hungary in 1882 and minister to Russia in 1884.


This is a web preview of the "The Handy Presidents Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App