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Royal Chapin Taft

Royal Chapin Taft, American governor. Member Providence City Council, 1855-1856; member Rhode Island House of Representatives, 1880-1884.


  • Taft, Royal Chapin was born on February 14, 1823 in Northbridge, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Orsmus and Margaret (Smith) Taft.

  • Education

    • Educated Worcester Academy. (honorary Master of Arts, Brown, 1891).


    • Engaged in manufacturing cotton and woolen goods, 1849, with Royal Chapin, Providence, Rhode Island, as Royal Chapin & Company. Afterward acquired large interests in other mills. Trustee Providence Institution for Savings.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Member Providence City Council, 1855-1856. Member Rhode Island House of Representatives, 1880-1884.


    • Married Mary Frances Aimington, October 31, 1850.
    • father: Orsmus Taft
    • mother: Margaret (Smith) Taft
    • spouse: Mary Frances Aimington
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    Died June 4, 1912
    (aged 89)