William Robert Taylor
|William Robert Taylor|
|12th Governor of Wisconsin|
January 5, 1874 – January 3, 1876
|Lieutenant||Charles D. Parker|
|Preceded by||Cadwallader C. Washburn|
|Succeeded by||Harrison Ludington|
|Born||William Robert Taylor
July 10, 1820
|Died||March 17, 1909
|Resting place||Hillside Cemetery
|Spouse(s)||Catherine Hurd Taylor
Viola Lee 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. Cared for by his neighbors, he then moved with his guardians to Jefferson County, New York.
Taylor moved to Ohio where he taught school, studied medicine and served in the local militia. He served as president of the Dane County Agricultural Society and the State Agricultural Society after he moved in 1848 to a farm in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. There he was involved with lumbering as well as farming. He was a member of both the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1855 and the Wisconsin State Senate 1859-1860. He was chairman of the city and served as a member of the Dane County Board, County Superintendent of Schools, and County Superintendent of the Poor. He was trustee of the State Hospital for the Insane in Mendota from 1860 to 1874.
Although he was a Democrat, he supported the North during the Civil war 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. He served as governor from January 5, 1874-January 3, 1876 paying for his own inauguration and refusing free railroad passes and telegrams.
Impoverished, Taylor died in the Gisholt Home for the Aged in Burke, Wisconsin, on March 17, 1909 (age 88 years, 250 days). He is interred at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin. Taylor County, Wisconsin is named for him.
Son of Robert and Mary (Coleman) Taylor, he was orphaned at age six when his father was lost at sea, and was cared for by neighbors. He married Catherine Hurd in 1842 and they had three children; and he married Viola Lee in 1886 and they had one son.
- William Robert Taylor, Wisconsin Historical Society
- "William Robert Taylor". 2009 Jefferson County NYGenWeb. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
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Cadwallader C. Washburn
|Governor of Wisconsin
1874 – 1876