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  Taft Manning, Helen Herron
NameHelen Herron Taft Manning
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania , United States
Born August 01, 1891
DiedFebruary 21, 1987 (95 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Aug 01, 2008 07:18pm
InfoHelen Herron Taft Manning (August 1, 1891 in Cincinnati, Ohio - February 21, 1987), was the daughter of President of the United States William Howard Taft and his wife Helen Herron.

Helen was the second child of the Tafts and like all of the children, she was a high achiever. Helen was able to fulfill goals that her own mother intended to pursue but restrictions placed on women at the time prevented her from doing. Taft earned a scholarship to attend Bryn Mawr College. She earned history degrees from Bryn Mawr where she became a longtime professor for 40 years and Dean.

Born in 1891, her mother was in brief competition with Edith Roosevelt, who gave birth to daughter Ethel Roosevelt two weeks after the senior Helen. When the family went to the White House, Helen was a student in college. Her studies were interrupted for some time when her mother, Helen, suffered a stroke and was an invalid for some time. The younger Helen returned home and helped her mother to regain body movement, speech and served as official hostess for many White House functions while her mother regained her health. In December, 1910, Taft was given a debutante party at the White House.

A suffragist, she also traveled the country, giving speeches in support of the vote for women and women's rights.

She married Frederick Johnson Manning, a fellow history professor on July 15, 1920. The Mannings had two daughters: Helen Taft Manning (born 1921) and Caroline Manning (born 1925). Manning died in 1987 at 95 of pneumonia.

Born August 1, 1891, she died of pneumonia in February 21, 1987. She was yet another presidential daughter who served as White House hostess for an ailing mother. Married to Yale professor, Frederick Johnson Manning, Helen had two children and a remarkable career in education and public life. She served forty years as professor of history, chairman of the history department, and acting president of the prestigious women's college, Bryn Mawr, in Pennsylvania. A suffragist, she also traveled the country, giving speeches in support of the vote for women and women's rights.

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Father William Howard Taft 1857-1930
Grandfather Alphonso Taft 1810-1891
Uncle Charles Phelps Taft 1843-1929
Uncle Henry Peters Taft 1859-1945
1st Cousin Walbridge J. Taft 1884-1951
Brother Robert A. Taft 1889-1953
Nephew William Howard Taft, III 1915-1991
Nephew Robert Taft, Jr. 1917-1993
Brother Charles P. Taft II 1897-1983
Nephew Seth Taft 1922-2013
Mother Helen Herron Taft 1861-1943
Grandmother Harriet Collins Herron 0000-
Great-Grandfather Ela Collins 1786-1848
Grand Uncle William Collins 1818-1878
Aunt Lucy Lippitt 0000-
1st Cousin Frederick Lippitt 1916-2005