Biography of John T. Taylor
Lucas County, OH Biographies

John T. Taylor, a native son of Toledo and a member of one of the old and highly respected families of the city, is now filling the office of sheriff of Lucas county and his course has won the approval of all law abiding citizens, who recognize the fact that he is doing all in his power to protect their interests. He was born October 14. 1886, and is a son of John E. and Elizabeth (Meadows) Taylor, the former a native of England, while the latter was born at St Catherines, in the province of Ontario, Canada. As a young man the father came to the United States and for many years he has successfully engaged in the practice of veterinary surgery in Toledo. The mother is also living. Three children were born to their union: Amy, whose death occurred in 1909; George E., proprietor of the Taylor Trucking Company and a resident of Toledo; and John T.

John T. Taylor acquired his education in the Erie and La Grange street schools of Toledo and early displayed a spirit of independence and enterprise, working at the Toledo Yacht Club on Sundays when only eleven years of age, although he was not compelled to do so, as his parents provided him with all of the advantages enjoyed by other boys. Later he secured a clerkship in the grocery store conducted by Miller Brothers and remained in their employ for fourteen years, resigning to accept the appointment of deputy sheriff under Mr. Jackman, with whom he was associated until 1912. In 1902 Mr. Taylor had joined the Ohio National Guard, being made stable sergeant of Battery D, and in August, 1914, he was commissioned a lieutenant of the Sixth Ohio Infantry. Mr. Gardner at that time was sheriff of Lucas county, with the subject of this review as his deputy. When the trouble arose on the Mexican border Lieutenant Taylor was ordered to that section of the country, where he remained until the United States entered the World war, and while there stationed he was operated on for appendicitis. After he recovered he was sent to Camp Sheridan, Alabama, and later to Camp Lee, Virginia, where he was transferred to the One Hundred and Fifty fifth Brigade, winning promotion to the rank of captain. In Virginia he had the handling of recruits and later he was made commandant of the stockade at Camp Lee, in which connection he had charge of one hundred and seventy five prisoners of. war. On the 5th of May, 1919, he was discharged from the service and returned to Toledo, joining the police department. He was placed in command of the mounted squad, but resigned in August, 1919, and secured an assignment with the United States shipping board, sending out government material from the Toledo factories. He was engaged in that task until June, 1920, when he was prevailed upon to accept the nomination for sheriff of Lucas county and won the election by a large majority, entering upon the duties of the office on the 3d of January, 1921, and in November, 1922, was reelected to a second term. He is strict, fearless and prompt in the performance of the work which devolves upon him in this connection and leaves nothing undone to enforce the law according to his conscience. He is also deeply interested in the raising of fine horses and has won premiums at many state fairs, being awarded the second prize, in the saddle class, at the Columbus Fair.

On the 23d of February, 1909, Mr. Taylor married Miss Emily Balbach, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Balbach of this city, and they have become the parents of two children: Marie, who was born in 1911 and is attending the Jefferson school; and John H., born in 1916 and also a public school student.

Mr. Taylor is a member of the Art Museum Association, the Lucas County Protective Association and the Young Men's Christian Association and through his connection with the Toledo Chamber of Commerce he does everything possible to promote the welfare and prosperity of his city. He is a member of the Toledo Riding Club and is also identified with Kern Post of the American Legion, while his fraternal connections are with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Loyal Order of Moose. Devotion to duty has ever been one of his outstanding characteristics and he is discharging the duties of his office in such a manner as to win the high encomiums of the general public. He is loyal to all those interests which make for honorable manhood and progressive citizenship and is recognized as a man of strict integrity, whom neither fear nor favor can swerve from the course which he believes to be right.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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