Biography of Hon. Sylvester S. Taylor
Chemung County, NY Biographies





Taylor, Hon. Sylvester S., county judge and surrogate, is a native of Chemung County, and was borh May 25, 1844. His father, the late Chauncey Taylor, came to Elmira from Montgomery County in 1834, and was fGr many years superintendent of the Chemung Canal. He died in September, 1877, aged about sixty seven years. S. S. Taylor was educated in the common schools, came to Elmira in 1868, read law in the office of the late John Murdoch, and in 1870 was admitted to the bar. He began practice at once and in 1874 was elected district attorney. He was candidate for reelection, but was defeated with his party by the Greenbackers. In September, 1889, he was appointed by Governor Hill to the vacancy in the office of county judge occasioned by the resignation of Seyjnour Dexter, and at the November election in 1890 he was regularly elected for the ensuing term. In the practice of law Judge Taylor's preference was always for the criminal branch, and for the past fifteen years he has been connected with almost every important criminal trial in the county.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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