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The Queen City of the West 43
culturist>t instructing his fellow-citizens about grape cultivation. After importing many European grapes, Longworth had made a huge success with the native Catawba. It was a gift from his vineyards that caused Henry Wads-worth Longfellow to write his poem5 "Catawba Wine," with this tribute to Cincinnati:12
And this song of the Vine
This greeting of mine, The winds and the birds shall deliver
To the Queen of the West
In her garlands dressed On the banks of the Beautiful River.
A young lawyer increasingly in the public eye in the late 'forties was Alphonso Taft, If who had a law office then with Thomas M. Key and Patrick Mellon on Third Street.14 Graduated at Yale in 1833, he had taught school in Connecticut, had been admitted to the bar, and was already on his way to the success he visioned when he chose the West for his career.
The local papers regularly carried advertisements of two enterprising manufacturers who
JNicholas Longworth (1782-1863), "lawyer, millionaire, patron of the arts/* was the great-grandfather of Nicholas Longworth (1869-1931), Speaker of the House of Representatives, and of Clara Longworth DeChambrun, Shakespearean student.13
1[ Alphonso Taft (1810-1891) later "judge, Secretary of War, Attorney General, diplomat," was the father of William Howard Taft, President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; Charles P. Taft, publisher and philanthropist; Peter R. Taft, industrialist; Henry W. Taft, lawyer; and Horace D. Taft, headmaster of the Taft School.