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Charles Phelps TAFT
American lawyer and politician
Source : Tim DOWLING
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Alphonso Taft, and his brother was President William Howard Taft.
He graduated from Yale University in 1864, and 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.
Taft married Anna Sinton in 1873, who was an heiress to a pig iron fortune, left by her father David Sinton.
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 claim to fame. 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.