William Robert Taylor
Taylor was born in Woodbury, Connecticut. He was orphaned at age 6 when his father's ship was lost at sea; his mother had died when he was an infant. He then lived with his guardians in Jefferson County, New York. He moved to Ohio where he taught school, studied medicine and served in the local militia. In 1848 he moved to a farm in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. He had served as president of the Dane County Agricultural Society and the State Agricultural Society.
He served in both the Wisconsin State Assembly 1855 and the Wisconsin State Senate 1859-1860, and was elected to one term as Wisconsin's governor at the head of the "Reform" or "People's Reform" party, a short-lived coalition of Democrats, reform and Liberal Republicans, and Grangers.
Taylor died in a nursing home in Burke, Wisconsin, at age 88.
Cadwallader C. Washburn
|Governor of Wisconsin
1874 – 1876
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