Kingsley A. Taft

Kingsley A. TaftKingsley A. Taft was a member of the Cleveland Taft family, which is distantly related to the Cincinnati Taft family. The two lines are connected through a common ancestor who lived in Massachusetts more than 300 years ago.

Kingsley Taft had a prolific political career that included election to the Shaker Heights Board of Education, the Ohio House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The capstone of his career was the more than 22 years he sat on the Supreme Court of Ohio. Taft's service with the Supreme Court began with his election to the Court in 1948. He was re-elected in 1954 and 1960. He was elected Chief Justice in 1962 and re-elected in 1968. He served until his sudden death at age 66 in 1970.

A portrait of the distinguished Chief Justice Taft, commissioned for the Court after his death, hangs on the south wall of the Kingsley A. Taft Map Room. The portrait was painted by Cleveland artist Nancy Bunch Sheridan, who later was commissioned for several other portraits of Justices on display in the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.

The artist created the portrait using photographs of Taft that had been taken shortly before his death by the Toledo Blade to accompany an article about Taft and the Court.