March 1952
New Republic;3/24/52, Vol. 126 Issue 12, p12
The article discusses the circumstances and the influencing forces that ultimately shaped the personality of Senator Robert A. Taft, and examines his gradual evolution of what he is today. Taft is a firm believer in America's economic past. His political and economic philosophy was shaped mainly by two great influences: his father; and 25 years of corporation-law practice in Cincinnati. Taft first came to the U.S. Senate in 1938, even a number of Democrats regarded him as a man of brilliance and high integrity, although backward in his views in many aspects. The obsession he quickly displayed for holding down taxes was viewed natural in one who so frankly considered himself a defender of the "haves" in American society.


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