William H. Taft, IV
A partner in the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Taft earned his BA in English from Yale College in 1966 and his JD from Harvard Law School in 1969. From 1970 until 1976, Taft worked in the Federal Government in the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In April 1976, Taft was appointed by President Ford to serve as General Counsel of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Taft served in this position until January 1977.
Taft was appointed by President Reagan to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense from April 1981 and served in that capacity until January 1984. Prior to his appointment as General Counsel, Taft was engaged in the practice of law in the District of Columbia; he served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1984 until 1989, and he was appointed to be the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO from 1989 until 1992.
He is married to Julia Vadala Taft, and they have three children.