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Doctor Taft, of Cincinnati, was elected eighth president of the Association at the 1868 meeting at Niagara Falls. He had served as recording secretary since the preliminary meeting in 1859. Doctor Taft was professor of operative dentistry and dental hygiene at the Ohio College of Dental Surgery and later held a similar position at the University of Michigan. He was author of a textbook, A Practical Treatise on Operative Dentistry. Doctor Taft compiled an index of dental periodical literature, and for several years he was editor of the journal, The Dental Register. He was extremely active in dental organizations. He was born in Ohio in 1820 and died in 1903.
American Dental Association, "ADA President: 1868-1869 Jonathan Taft" (1977). ADA Presidents. 100.