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Robert Love TAYLOR

(1850-1912)
Senate Years of Service:
1907-1912
Party:
Democrat

TAYLOR, Robert Love, (son of Nathaniel Green Taylor and brother of Alfred Alexander Taylor), a Representative and a Senator from Tennessee; born in Happy Valley, Carter County, Tenn., July 31, 1850; attended Pennington Seminary in New Jersey, and Buffalo Institute, Milligan, Tenn.; studied law in Jonesboro, Tenn.; admitted to the bar in 1878 and practiced in Elizabethton and Jonesboro; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 and for election in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; practiced law and also engaged in the newspaper business in Johnson City, Tenn., in 1880; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1884 and 1892; pension agent at Knoxville, Tenn., 1885-1887; Governor of Tennessee 1887-1891; resumed the practice of law in Chattanooga, Tenn.; lecturer; Governor of Tennessee 1897-1899; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1907 and served from March 4, 1907, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 31, 1912; chairman, Committee on the Geological Survey (Sixty-second Congress); interment in the Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn.; reinterred in Monta Vista Cemetery, Johnson City, Tenn., in 1938.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Robinson, Daniel. Bob Taylor and the Agrarian Revolt in Tennessee. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1935; Taylor, James. The Life and Career of Senator Robert Love Taylor (Our Bob). Nashville: Bob Taylor Publishing Co., 1913.

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

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