Michael Angelo Taylor

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Michael Angelo Taylor (1757 – 16 July 1834) was an English politician.

He was a son of Sir Robert Taylor (1714–1788), the architect, and was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, becoming a barrister at Lincoln's Inn in 1774. He entered the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Poole in 1784, and, with the exception of the short period from 1802 to 1806, remained a member of parliament until 1834, although not as the representative of the same constituency.

In parliament Taylor showed himself anxious to curtail the delays in the Court of Chancery, and to improve the lighting and paving of the London streets; and he was largely instrumental in bringing about the abolition of the pillory. At first a supporter of the younger Pitt, he soon veered round to the side of Fox[disambiguation needed] and the Whigs, favored parliamentary reform, and was a personal friend of the regent, afterwards King George IV. He was on the committee which managed the Impeachment of Warren Hastings; was made a privy councillor in 1831; and died in London in July 1834.

Taylor is chiefly known in connection with the Metropolitan Paving Act of 1817, which is still referred to as "Michael Angelo Taylor's Act." Often called "Chicken Taylor" because of his reference to himself as a "mere chicken in the law," he is described by Sir Spencer Walpole as "a pompous barrister, with a little body and a loud voice."

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Joseph Gulston
William Morton Pitt
Member of Parliament for Poole
17841790
With: William Morton Pitt
Succeeded by
Charles Stuart
Benjamin Lester
Preceded by
William à Court
William Eden
Member of Parliament for Heytesbury
Dec 1790 – Mar 1791
With: William Eden
Succeeded by
Earl of Barrymore
William Eden
Preceded by
Charles Stuart
Benjamin Lester
Member of Parliament for Poole
1791 – 1796
With: Benjamin Lester
Succeeded by
Charles Stuart
Benjamin Lester
Preceded by
Thomas Grenville
Lord Grey of Gorby
Member of Parliament for Aldeburgh
1796 – 1800
With: Sir John Aubrey, Bt
Succeeded by
George Johnstone
Sir John Aubrey, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Henry Vane-Tempest, Bt
Ralph Lambton
Member of Parliament for City of Durham
March 1800 – Dec 1800
With: Ralph Lambton
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
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Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for City of Durham
18011802
With: Ralph Lambton
Succeeded by
Richard Wharton
Ralph Lambton
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Sir Arthur Wellesley
Sir Charles Talbot, Bt
Member of Parliament for Rye
18061807
With: Patrick Crauford Bruce
Succeeded by
Earl of Clancarty
Sir John Nicholl
Preceded by
Nathaniel Saxon
Sir William Manners, Bt
Member of Parliament for Ilchester
18071812
With: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Succeeded by
Hon. John Ward
George Philips
Preceded by
Sir Richard Bickerton, Bt
Benjamin Lester
Member of Parliament for Poole
18121818
With: Benjamin Lester
Succeeded by
John Dent
Benjamin Lester
Preceded by
Richard Wharton
George Allan
Member of Parliament for City of Durham
18181832
With: Richard Wharton to 1820
Sir Henry Hardinge 1820–30
Sir Roger Gresley, Bt 1830–31
William Chaytor from 1831
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Arthur Trevor
William Chaytor
Preceded by
Digby Cayley Wrangham
Sir John Walsh, Bt
Member of Parliament for Sudbury
1832 – 1834
With: Sir John Walsh, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir John Walsh, Bt
Sr Edward Barnes