Henry Osborn Taylor

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Henry Osborn Taylor
President of the American Historical Association
In office
Preceded byDana Carleton Munro
Succeeded byJames Henry Breasted
Personal details
Born(1856-12-05)December 5, 1856
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 13, 1941(1941-04-13) (aged 84)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)Julia Isham
Alma mater
OccupationHistorian and legal scholar

Henry Osborn Taylor (December 5, 1856 – April 13, 1941) was an American historian and legal scholar.


Taylor graduated from Harvard University in 1878 and, later, from Columbia Law School. He later received honorary degrees from Harvard and Columbia.

Taylor was a philosopher and the author of several important works on ancient and medieval history.[1] In 1927, he served as the president of the American Historical Association.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Taylor was married to the philanthropist Julia Isham (1866–1939).[3] Julia, the daughter of prominent merchant William Bradley Isham,[4][5] was the sister of historian Charles Bradford Isham[6] (who married Mamie Lincoln, granddaughter of President Abraham Lincoln)[7] and artist Samuel Isham.[8] Julia donated property from her late father's estate, which became Isham Park in Inwood, Manhattan, and gave generously to Harvard and Smith Colleges.[9][10]

After a week's illness, Taylor died of pneumonia at his home, 135 East 66th Street in New York City on April 13, 1941.[11] He was buried at Union Hill Cemetery in East Hampton, Connecticut.

Published works[edit]



  1. ^ "Henry Osborn Taylor Biography | AHA". www.historians.org. American Historical Association. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Flapper Would Make Dante Speechless So Says Head of American Historians". Arizona Daily Star. 13 Mar 1928. p. 2. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  3. ^ "MRS. H.O. TAYLOR, CITY'S BENEFACTOR; Wife of Historian and Donor of Isham Park in Upper Manhattan Dies at 73 SHE AIDED MANY CAUSES Gave Prints to Metropolitan Museum—Had Been Generous to Harvard University" (PDF). The New York Times. 7 March 1939. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  4. ^ "WILLIAM B. ISHAM". New-York Tribune. 24 Mar 1909. p. 7. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  5. ^ "LATEST DEALINGS IN REALTY FIELD; William B. Isham's Residence on East Sixty-first Street Sold by Executors of Estate" (PDF). The New York Times. 3 March 1912. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Charles Isham Dies at 66" (PDF). The New York Times. June 10, 1919. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  7. ^ "MRS. ISHAM DIES; WAS LINCOLN'S KIN; Granddaughter of President a Daughter of Robert Todd Lincoln, Ex-War Secretary OWNED FAMOUS PORTRAIT Emancipator's Likeness Now to Hang in White House if a Position Suitable Is Found" (PDF). The New York Times. 22 November 1938. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  8. ^ "ARTIST DIES ON GOLF LINKS.; Samuel Isham Bursts an Artery at Maidstone Club – His Career" (PDF). The New York Times. 13 June 1914. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  9. ^ "WILL OF MRS. TAYLOR AIDS TWO COLLEGES; Harvard and Smith Get Residue After $100,000 Bequests" (PDF). The New York Times. 12 March 1939. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Harvard Given $642,000 in Will of Julia Taylor". The Boston Globe. May 31, 1940. p. 11. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Dr. Henry O. Taylor Dies, Author, Historian". Hartford Courant. April 14, 1941. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  12. ^ W. M. Rankin, "The Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages," The Critical Review of Theological & Philosophical Literature, Vol. XI, 1901.
  13. ^ "Review of The Mediæval Mind: a History of the Development of Thought and Emotion in the Middle Ages by Henry Osborn Taylor". The Athenæum (no. 4363): 649–650. 10 June 1911.

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