Royal C. Taft
|Royal Chapin Taft, Sr.|
|39th Governor of Rhode Island|
May 29, 1888 – May 28, 1889
|Lieutenant Governor||Enos Lapham|
|Preceded by||John W. Davis|
|Succeeded by||Herbert W. Ladd|
|Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives|
|Born||Royal Chapin Taft
February 14, 1823
|Died||June 4, 1912
Providence, Rhode Island
|Resting place||Swan Point Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Frances Armington|
|Children||Royal Chapin Taft, Jr. (died 1942)|
|Residence||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Profession||Businessman (banking and railroads)|
Royal Chapin Taft, Sr. (February 14, 1823 – June 4, 1912) was a US politician and businessman, whose most distinguished post was that as the 39th Governor of Rhode Island, an office he held from 1888–1889. He was a member of the Taft political family; as descendant of Robert Taft, Sr., he was distant cousin of President of the United States William Howard Taft.
Taft was born in Northbridge, Massachusetts, on February 14, 1823, and was educated at Worcester Academy, where he graduated in 1872. His parents were Orsmus Taft and Margaret (Smith) Taft; on October 31, 1850, he married Mary Frances Armington. They had four children.
Taft was a member of the firm Bradford & Taft, wool dealers, from which he retired in 1885. He was also president of Merchants' National Bank from 1868 president of the Boston & Providence Railroad, and a director of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (which took control of the B&P in 1893).
In 1890 he became a charter member of the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He served as the Society's president from 1897 to 1898.
He died June 4, 1912, at his home in Providence, Rhode Island. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living ex-governor of Rhode Island. He is interred at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence.
- According to , he was at that time resident in New York.
- "Obituary: Ex-Governor Royal C. Taft". Brooklyn, NY: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 5 June 1912. p. 3. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- See , which claims to be a transcript of "Industries and Wealth of the Principal Points in Rhode Island, being the city of Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, Newport, Narragansett Pier, Bristol & Westerly." from 1892
- "Ex-Gov. Royal C. Taft Dead. Retired Rhode Island Banker Was 90 and Kin of President Taft". New York Times. June 5, 1912.
- "ROYAL CHAPIN TAFT". Ancestry.com. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- See footnote 4 on , which describes Mrs. Taft giving the school 169 prints from his collection in 1945.
- "URI History and Timeline". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved 18 Jul 2010.
- Mentioned in , which is otherwise irrelevant
- Royal C. Taft at Find a Grave
- "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Taft". Retrieved 2006-08-17.
- "University of Rhode Island virtual tour". Retrieved 2006-08-17.
John W. Davis
|Governor of Rhode Island
Herbert W. Ladd