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Robert S Taylor

Robert S. Taylor, of Fort Wayne, was born at Chlllicothe, Ross county, Ohio, May 22, 1838, and is one of eight children born to Rev. Isaac N. and Margeretta (Stewart) Taylor. Rev. Isaac Taylor was a pioneer Presbyterian minister of Ohio, and came to Jay county Indiana, in 1844. He was the founder of Liber College, near Portland, Indiana. Robert S. Taylor was educated in the common schools of Jay county, and was a student at Liber College, from which he was graduated on June 30, 1858. He began the study of law in the office of Jacob M. Haynes in Portland, but, in 1859, removed to Fort Wayne, where, in 1860, he was admitted to the bar. He continued, however, to teach for a short time. Late in 1860 he became a clerk in the office of Attorney L. M. Ninde, and in 1861 he became the latter-s partner. In 1866 Robert S. Robertson became a member of the firm. In 1867 Mr. Taylor was appointed first prosecutor of the Criminal court. The same year he was appointed Judge of the Common Pleas court, and the law firm was dissolved. Political and official duties have been mingled with his law practice for the last forty years. In 1870 he represented Allen county in the General Assembly. In 1874, and again in 1880, he made the race for Congress, but was defeated. In 1881 President Garfield appointed him on the Mississippi River Commission, on which he served until 1913. He has taken an active part in every presidential campaign since 1860, except one. Many of his addresses have been published. He is a member of the Allen County, Indiana State, and American Bar Associations. On June 30, 1858, Judge Taylor was married to Fanny Wright, of Randolph county, Indiana, and to this union one son has been born, Frank B., a geologist of national reputation. The family home is at No. 2905 Fairfield avenue, Fort Wayne.

Source-Courts and lawyers of Indiana, Volume 3  By Leander John Monks pg1256

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