Biography of Rev. Thomas E. Taylor, D. D.
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REV. THOMAS EDDY TAYLOR, D. D.
For many years Rev. Thomas Eddy Taylor devoted his life to the active work of the ministry but has now retired, although there are few Sundays in which he does not act as a supply in some pulpit and his interest in the work of the church has never abated in the slightest degree. He was born in Lake county, Illinois, June 20, 1864, a son of Charles H. and Elizabeth Ann (Rawson) Taylor. The father's birth occurred in Devonshire, England, January 24, 1837, and he passed away on the 12th of October, 1905. As a boy he began earning his own living and the necessity of providing for his own support greatly limited his opportunities for acquiring an education. He came to the new world when about eighteen years of age and settled in Lake county, Illinois. There he was married on the 12th of October, 1861, to Miss Elizabeth Ann Rawson, who was born in Michigan in 1841. Mr. Taylor afterward engaged in farming and also became a local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal church. He resided in Illinois until the fall of 1864, when he came with his family to Iowa, settling on a farm in the northern part of Mitchell county, where he continued to make his home until 1871. He was then admitted to the upper Iowa conference and from that time until within eighteen months of his death he continued active in the work of the ministry, being called to the pastorate of various churches in northeastern Iowa. Near the close of his ministry he served as a presiding elder for a term and a half, but because of failing health he went to California and died at Burbank, that state. Mrs. Taylor survives and is now a resident of Manchester, Iowa.

Rev. Thomas Eddy Taylor is the eldest of a family of five children. Hem supplemented his public school course by study in the Upper Iowa University, from which he was graduated witih the class of 1887. He also attended the Moody Bible Institute and when he had finished school he took up the task of preaching the gospel, joining the upper Iowa conference of the Methodist Episcopal church. His first charge was what was known as the eleventh circuit north of Waterloo. He later filled the pastorates of the churches at Marble Rock, Greene, Cresco, Independence, Osage and then again at Independence, and in 1911 he retired from the active work of the ministry, although he still preaches almost every Sunday, doing supply work. He also frequently preaches at the hospital at Independence. In 1901 his alma mater conferred upon him the Doctor of Divinity degree. In the previous year Dr. Taylor began the publication of a series of books, his authorship having since made him widely known. His first volume was "Studies in the Life of Christ," which has since been followed by "Studies in the Apostolic Church" and "Studies in the Old Testament." These volumes were adopted as the official Bible study text book in the Eworth League and also as the official text book of the United Christian Endeavor Society. It has likewise become the official text book of the Young People's Societies of Canada, and in 1901 he was given charge of the Bible study department of the Epworth League for three years. In addition to his active work along the lines of moral progress and development Dr. Taylor has become interested in agricultural pursuits and is the owner of two hundred and forty acres of land in Buchanan county comprised in two farms, to one of which he gives his personal attention and supervision. This is known as Idlewild and is situated in Washington township. He operates this farm of one hundred and sixteen acres in a general way but also specializes in the raising of shorthorn cattle and Duroc Jersey hogs. The farm adjoins the city limits and is supplied with all modern equipments and accessories.

On the 12th of June, 1889, Dr. Taylor was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Margaret Huie, who was born at Polo, Ogle county, Illinois, a daughter of Robert J. and Julia (Hammond) Hnie. The mother was born in New York and about 1841 was taken to Illinois by her parents, her marriage being celebrated in Polo in 1862. Mr. Huie's birth occurred in Ogle county, Illinois, in 1840, and in early life he followed farming. Later he engaged in the lumber business and was also employed as an official weigher at the stock yards at Polo by the Illinois Central Railroad Company. In 1862, immediately after his marriage, he enlisted for service in the Union army as a private of Company A, Ninety second Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was afterward promoted to the rank of orderly sergeant, subsequently became second lieutenant and still later first lieutenant, serving altogether for three years, when he was mustered out. He was with Sherman on the celebrated march to the sea and for a short time was confined in the hospital with fever. At the close of his military experience he returned to Illinois and assisted his father in the further development and improvement of a large farm. In the meantime he purchased a farm in Floyd county, Iowa, and later came to this state with his wife and daughter, now Mrs. Taylor. For seventeen years he resided upon his Floyd county farm and then removed to Charles City, where he engaged in the lumber business until about 1895, after which he returned to his native county. A few years later he became official weigher for the Illinois Central Railroad and is still a resident of Polo but is now living retired. He also engaged at one time in the life insurance business, representing a mutual benefit association of New Jersey, but made that simply a side issue to his other interests. While living in Floyd county, Iowa, he served as assessor. His wife passed away in May. 1901. Mrs. Taylor was the eldest of their five children. She attended the Upper Iowa University, from which she was graduated with the class of 1888, and she is a member of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle and other organizations advancing educational and church work.

Dr. and Mrs. Taylor have three children Hartness D., who was born July 16, 1891, and was graduated from the Upper Iowa University in 1913, on the completion of a course in the College of Liberal Arts, has been superintendent of the public schools at Stanwood, Iowa, and is now studying law at Iowa City. Karl S., born July 20, 1893, is in the second year of high school. Lloyd M., born September 20, 1901, is attending grammar school.

In his political views Dr. Taylor is a stalwart republican and at the present time is a candidate for the office of representative to the state legislature. His life interests have been broad and varied and he is identified with that class of men who ever stand for progress and improvement. He is usually to be found in those circles where intelligent men are met for the discussion of important questions and association with him means expansion and elevation.

From:
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1914


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