Biography of Matthew H. Taylor
Erie County, PA Biographies

Matthew Henry Taylor was born May 2, 1847, in Huntingdon, Pa., and died March 7, 1923, at Atlantic City, N. J. He was a son of Judge George Taylor of Huntingdon and his wife, Priscilla Moore Taylor.

He went to work at 16 for the Pennsylvania Railroad as timekeeper in the shops at Altoona, Pa. He came to Erie in 1866 as paymaster under Colonel J. J. Lawrence, Superintendent of the Erie & Pittsburg Railroad Company. When W. L. Scott and Milton Courtright, who had built the Erie & Pittsburg Railroad, began the construction of the Canada Southern Railroad in Canada, he went to St. Thomas, Ontario, as treasurer of that road in 1869.

When the Canada Southern was sold to the New York Central, he came to Erie in 1881 to be treasurer and later president of the Youghiogheny River Coal Company, which company became in 1899 one of the basic properties in the Pittsburgh Coal Company. From 1897 he was president of the W. L. Scott Company, which mined and handled a large part of the anthracite coal of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, until 1905, when the Railroad Company took over all leases. That year he formed and became President of the Pittsburg & Erie Coal Company. In 1906 he became president of the Pittsburgh Coal Company and its chairman in 1907.

He was a member of the congregation of the First Presbyterian church. He was a president and director of the Hamot Hospital.

At the time of his death he was chairman of the Pittsburgh Coal Company; president of the Montour Railroad Company; director of the Pittsburgh Coal Company of Wisconsin, Erie & Pittsburg Railroad Company, Second National Bank of Erie, Pa., Pittsburg & Erie Coal Company.

He was married Dec. 19, 1872, in Pittsburgh, to Clara Anderson Burton, who survived him. He left also a son, George B. Taylor, of Erie; two daughters, Mrs. James Carstairs of Ardmore, Pa., and Mrs. Walton Ferguson, Jr., of Stamford, Conn.; a granddaughter, Priscilla Moore Carstairs; and two grandsons, Walton Ferguson III and Matthew Henry Taylor Ferguson.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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