The Papers of Robert A. Taft: 1889-1939 - Vol. 1

By Robert A. Taft; Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. | Go to book overview

CHAPTER TWO
Cincinnati Gentleman (1914–1917)

After a two-week honeymoon at “The Manor” in Asheville, North Carolina, and a brief stay in Washington, D.C., the Tafts traveled to Cincinnati. Robert returned to the uninspiring office routine of Maxwell and Ramsey; he felt challenged only when assuming responsibility for the legal affairs of one of Charles R Taft’s numerous investments or when immersing himself in the financial reorganization of the Herron family’s primary business venture, the Royer Wheel Company, a railroad-wheel manufacturing concern.

During the thirty months preceding the United States’ entry into World War I, Taft increased his connections to the Queen City’s commercial and industrial elite, assembled a legal clientele exclusive of firm and family, and took an interest in Cincinnati’s civic affairs.

But even before the couple had returned from their honeymoon, Taft began contemplating their finances and the cost of setting up housekeeping at their rental house at 1812 Dexter Avenue in Cincinnati.

TO WILLIAM H. TAFT

October 22, 1914
Asheville, North Carolina

Dear Papa,

We have reckoned up and find that between us we have more than enough money to pay all our bills, and last until Jan. 1, after which Martha’s income is more than sufficient. The other money which you are giving me is therefore not

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