Education: Brother Horace

Horace Button Taft, founder, saint and for 46 years headmaster of the Taft School for Boys, died last week at the age of 81. He leaves Groton's venerable Endicott Peabody (now 85) as the last of the generation of schoolmasters who built the U.S. private preparatory-school system. Like his brother William Howard, Horace had great good humor and a flowing mustache, but he was several inches taller and weighed half as much.*

Horace Taft practiced law briefly in William Howard Taft's Cincinnati office, then tutored Latin at Yale before deciding to open a...

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