Edward Robeson Taylor

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Edward Robeson Taylor
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28th Mayor of San Francisco
In office
July 16, 1907 – January 8, 1910
Preceded byCharles Boxton
Succeeded byP. H. McCarthy
Personal details
Born(1838-09-22)September 22, 1838
Springfield, Illinois
DiedJuly 5, 1923(1923-07-05) (aged 84)
San Francisco
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionPoet, Lawyer

Edward Robeson Taylor (September 24, 1838 – July 5, 1923) was the 28th Mayor of San Francisco, serving from July 16, 1907, to January 7, 1910.

Early life[edit]

Edward Robeson Taylor was born on September 24, 1838, in Springfield, Illinois, the only son of Henry West Taylor and the former Mary Thaw of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (he was descended on his mother's side from the early colonial merchant, Andrew Robeson, of Philadelphia). Taylor was a lawyer and a poet, who moved to California to escape the Civil War. In 1898, he published a book of sonnets based on the paintings of William Keith.

Mayor of San Francisco[edit]

On July 16, 1907, Taylor was appointed mayor following the resignation of Charles Boxton, who served only eight days after the conviction and removal of Eugene Schmitz. At 68 years of age, he became the city's oldest mayor (a record he still holds as of 2021). Taylor was elected to a full two-year term that fall, defeating three other candidates (including future mayor P. H. McCarthy) with just over half the vote. He declined to run again in 1909, and would be the last member of the Democratic Party to lead San Francisco for over half a century (until John F. Shelley was elected in 1963).


Edward Robeson Taylor died in San Francisco on July 5, 1923. His remains are housed at the San Francisco Columbarium.[1] The political economist Henry George credits Taylor for influencing his work on Progress and Poverty, one of the most popular and influential books in American history.[2]


  1. ^ San Francisco Columbarium. Find A Grave. 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  2. ^ Brechin, Gray (2003). Indestructable By Reason of Beauty: The Beaumanance of a Public Library Building (PDF). Greenwood Press. Retrieved 23 December 2014.


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Preceded by Mayor of San Francisco
Succeeded by