Alphonso Taft (November 5, 1810 – May 21, 1891) was an American jurist, diplomat, politician, Attorney General and Secretary of War under President Ulysses S.
He was also the founder of an American political dynasty, and father of President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
As Secretary of War, Taft reformed the War Department by allowing commanders at Indian forts to choose who could start and run post traderships.
While serving as Attorney General, he strongly held that African Americans must not be denied the right to vote through intimidation and violence.
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 was appointed as minister to Austria-Hungary by Chester A.
Arthur in 1882.
He served until July 4, 1884, and was then transferred by President Arthur to Minister of Russia, and he served in St.
Petersburg until August 1885.
Taft had a reputation for serving political office with integrity and character.