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Robert Taft

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The Resume

    (September 8, 1889-July 31, 1953)
    Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
    Son of William Howard Taft and Helen Taft
    Graduated from Yale University (1910)
    Graduated from Harvard Law School (1913)
    Legal Adviser for the United States Food Administration (1917-1918)
    Legal Adviser for the American Relief Administration (1919)
    Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1920-1926)
    Speaker and Majority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives (1926)
    Ohio State Senator (1930-1932)
    U.S. Senator (1939-1953)
    Ran for Republican nomination of the U.S. Presidency in 1940, 1948 and 1952
    Acknowledged Leader of the Old Right
    Wrote the Taft-Hartley Act

Why he might be annoying:

    He failed to win the Republican nomination for U.S. President three times.
    He condemned the Nuremberg Trials.
    He idolized Herbert Clark Hoover.
    He fought with Thomas Dewey over control of the Republican Party.
    He led a conservative coalition in Congress that opposed the policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry S Truman.
    He came from one of Ohio's richest and most influential political families.
    He was dubbed 'Unelectable' and 'Dull' by the American media.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was the leading conservative of his day when being an American conservative meant being anti-war, anti-state and pro-free market.
    He opposed almost all government interference in both the economy and the private affairs of individuals.
    He believed in non-intervention in foreign policy just like the American Founding Fathers.
    He opposed prohibition and the Ku Klux Klan.
    He was called 'Mr. Republican' due to being the leader and spokesperson for the GOP's conservative faction.
    Despite opposing the New Deal, he supported public housing programs and Social Security.
    He believed the Nuremberg Trials were violations of the most basic principles of American justice and internationally accepted standards of justice.
    He and Dwight David Eisenhower were friends and golfing companions despite running against each other in the 1952 Republican primary.
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy praised him in his book 'Profiles in Courage' for standing up for his principles even in the face of criticism.
    The U.S. Senate, following JFK's recommendation, named him one of greatest senators in American History.
    Ron Paul cites him as a personal hero.

Credit: Jeff


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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 14 Votes: 64.29% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 6 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 11 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 10 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 24 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 13 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 57 Votes: 35.09% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 12 Votes: 41.67% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 44 Votes: 47.73% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 37 Votes: 40.54% Annoying