William Howard Taft III

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William Howard Taft III
United States Ambassador to Ireland
In office
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by Francis P. Matthews
Succeeded by Scott McLeod
Personal details
Born (1915-08-07)August 7, 1915
Died February 23, 1991(1991-02-23) (aged 75)
Political party Republican
Relations William Howard Taft (grandfather)
Helen Herron Taft (grandmother)
Children William Howard Taft IV
Parents Robert A. Taft
Martha Wheaton Bowers Taft
Profession Diplomat

William Howard Taft III (August 7, 1915 — February 23, 1991), an American diplomat, was a grandson of President William Howard Taft and First Lady Helen Louise "Nellie" Taft who served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 1953 to 1957.[1] He was the eldest of four sons born to Robert Alphonso Taft and Martha Wheaton Bowers. His task as ambassador was made easier by the fact that John A. Costello (Taoiseach, 1954–57) was a personal friend; Taft described Costello as "pleasant and unassuming" whereas he had found Éamon de Valera "formal and aloof". (His predecessor, George A. Garrett, had also found Costello more sympathetic than De Valera.) Taft played a considerable part in organizing Costello's successful State visit to the United States in March 1956. Taft was also a member of the Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C., until at least the mid-1980s, perhaps later. Taft was the father of William Howard Taft IV.[2]


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