Biography of Eli Taylor

Taylor, Eli, was born in Elba, N. Y., October 8, 1830, son of John and Phoebe (Dunning) Taylor. The family is descended from John Taylor, an emigrant from England in 1636. John Taylor, the father of Eli, was born in Cayuga county, N. Y., and came to Genesee county in 1813, where he was a farmer until his death in 1884. Eli Taylor, to whose career this brief sketch is devoted, received his education in the district schools and at the Cary and Lima Seminaries, where he gave evidence of a receptive mind and studious nature. Mr. Taylor is a practical farmer and has been successful in his vocation. His more than usual ability and his unquestioned integrity have won for him the confidence and respect of his fellow townsmen, by whose selection he has served as town superintendent of schools and two terms as supervisor. In 1877-78 he was a member of the Legislature. During his last term in the assembly Mr. Taylor was chairman of the Committee on Villages. His frank and cordial ways had won the warm friendship of Gen. James W. Rusted, the speaker, and the latter often called upon the member from Genesee to preside in Committee of the Whole. He made a capital presiding officer. Mr. Taylor is a Methodist and has always been actively connected with church and Sunday school work, and is held in universal and deserved esteem. In 1857 Mr. Taylor married Mary J. Ladue, who died in 1858; in 1859 he married Mrs. Harriet Howe; by this marriage there is one daughter -Mrs. Ella Taylor Putnam.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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