Son of the 27th U.S. president and a Senate Republican from Ohio who was a leader for a decade and a half but never fulfilled his presidential ambitions. He served art the Senate Majority Leader in 1953.
He went into law before WW I, during which he served as a counsel for several relief organizations.
Elected to the Senate in 1938, he staunchly supported Republican causes, denounced FDR's New Deal, and with the rise of Nazi Germany, argued for American isolationism.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of two sons of future president Howard Taft.
His policy of isolationism proved less popular among his party than the internationalism of Thomas Dewey in 1948 and of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952.