
Taylor, James Morford, LL. D., p. o. Hamilton, Professor of mathematics in Colgate University, was born in 1843,
at Holmdel, N. J., and is a son of James J. and Lucy (Morford) Taylor. His remote ancestors came from England,
Scotland and Holland. He was prepared for college at Dr. Fitch's school, South Windham, Conn., and at the Grammar
School of Madison Uuiversity. He became a student at Madison, now Colgate University. in the spring of 1863 and
graduated with the degree of A. B. in the class of 1867 with the highest honors. He then became an instructor in
mathematics in the college. In 1869, Dr. Taylor was appointed Principal of the Grammar school and in the same year
was made Professor of Mathematics in the University. In 1892. he made a journey to Europe and visited many parts
of the old world. As a mathematician, Dr. Taylor stands among the foremost of the country. He is a member of the
Mathematical Society of New York State, and of the American Association for the Advancernent of Science, in 1891,
he received the degree of LL. D. Dr. Taylor has been a prolific writer, chiefly on mathematical subjects. His first
literary prodnction of importance was published in 1884, and is entitled Elements of the Calculus. His College
Algebra was issued in 1889, and his Academic Algebra in 1893. He has also contributed largely to some of the leading
mathematical text books of this country. His Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus, above referred
to, presents in a simple and concise way the fundamental problems of the Calculus with their solution and more
common applications. The method of both rates and limits is used in proving many of the theorems. The chapter on
direct integration and its more important applications follows that on differentiation. Many practical problems
in geometry and mechanics appear throughout the book. The work has been received as an authority, and is now used
in over eighty different colleges. It was written with great care and a vast amount of matter has been condensed
into a comparatively few pages. At the same the examples are full and each step of reasoning is clearly demonstrated.
His Academic Algebra has received the warm endorsement of instructors. The method of solving and using the simpler
forms of equation, the fundamental laws of number and the literal notation are made clear to the student, before
the conception of algebraic number is introduced. The theory of equivalent equations and systems of equations is
clearly presented. Factoring is made prominent in the study and solution of equations. The treatment of fractions,
ratios and exponents is thoroughly scientific. The presentation of the theory of limits is clear and concise. This
treatise of Algebra brings out the living principles of the science and as the book is adapted to beginners and
covers sufficient matter for admission to any American University, it is a text book of the highest value. Both
the Calculus and the Algebras were developed from the experience and needs of the class room, and display an independence,
both in style and methods of reasoning. Dr. Taylor is a public spirited citizen of Hamilton. has served on the
school board and in other local offices. He has been a member of the water and light commission since its organization.
In 1871 Dr. Taylor married Mary Paddock; they have four children: James P., Florence E., Henry W., and Mary J.
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