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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesSouth Carolina

John TAYLOR

(1770-1832)
Senate Years of Service:
1810-1816
Party:
Democratic Republican

TAYLOR, John, a Representative and a Senator from South Carolina; born near Granby, S.C., May 4, 1770; attended Mount Zion Institute, Winnsboro, S.C., and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1790; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1793 and commenced practice in Columbia, S.C.; also engaged in planting; member, State house of representatives 1796-1802, 1804-1805; circuit court solicitor 1805-1806; served as first intendant of Columbia 1806-1807; elected as a Democratic Republican to the Tenth and Eleventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1807, until his resignation on December 30, 1810; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate on December 19, 1810, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas Sumter; was also elected on December 20, 1810, for the full term beginning March 4, 1811, and served from December 31, 1810, until his resignation in November 1816; member, State senate 1818-1826; Governor of South Carolina 1826-1828; trustee of South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia and director of the Columbia Theological Seminary (Presbyterian); died at Camden, Kershaw County, S.C., April 16, 1832; interment in the family burial ground at Columbia, S.C.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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