SAMUEL B. TAYLOR, a prominent young attorney of Toronto, is a native of Jefferson county, born May 17, 1854 the son of John and Jane Taylor, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. His father was the son of Richard Taylor, who in about 1770 came from Ireland, his native land, and settled in Washington county, Penn., where he engaged in farming, which he carried on until his death in 1848. John Taylor was born at the Pennsylvania home of his parents, in 1804, and was raised upon the farm and inured to agricultural pursuits, which have been his life's occupation. He was married September 22, 1836 to Jane, daughter of John and Jane Henderson, natives of Ireland and to them were born six sons and five daughters, nine of whom are living. The parents are now residents of Ross township. Samuel B. Taylor, after studying in the common schools of his township, finished his education at the colleges of Hopedale and Richmond, and then engaged in teaching. He followed this profession thirteen years with much success, and subsequently was engaged in the mercantile business at Mooretown for three years. In 1883 he was elected mayor of Toronto, and being re-elected, served two terms to the satisfaction of the community. Before this elevation to office and during that period, he pursued the study of the law, and in March, 1889 he opened an office at Toronto and actively engaged in the practice, in which his talent and industrious application promised him success. He has always taken much interest in politics as a republican, and during his residence in Mooretown held the office of township clerk for three years. He is a member of the Masonic order and the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Taylor was married in 1880 to Mary V., daughter of Wellington Cooper, of Brown's Island, W. Va., and they have two children: Ella M. and Jay W., who died October 6, 1884. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
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