Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin assemblyman)

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Jonathan Taylor was an American pioneer and politician.

Taylor began his life in Wabash, Indiana, before moving to the Wisconsin Territory. In the 1838, Taylor worked as an agent for a two-horse stage line operating between Mineral Point, Madison and Fort Winnebago, run by Colonel Abner Nichols. While working there, Taylor laid one of the first claims in Sauk County, Wisconsin near present-day Sauk City, along with Berry Haney and Solomon Shore.[1]

After Nichols died, Taylor purchased a two horse team and hauled goods between Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison. During the winter months, Taylor hauled sleds of trout from Green Bay to Galena, Illinois and returned with supplies needed in Fort Winnebago, Fond du Lac and Green Bay.[2]

He worked for a time as a contractor in Milwaukee, where he was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1857. He then moved to New York City with Charles Trainor, where he made a fortune laying block pavement.[3]


  1. ^ Charles O. Baxter, in The History of Sauk County, Wisconsin by Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880. p. 446.
  2. ^ Robert L. Ream, in A History of Madison, the Capital of Wisconsin, including the Four Lake Country to July 1874 by Daniel S. Durrie. Madison, Wisconsin, 1874. p. 118–19. Archived 2011-08-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Memoirs of Milwaukee County : from the earliest historical times down to the present, including a genealogical and biographical record of representative families in Milwaukee County. Madison, Wisconsin: Western Historical Association, 1909. OCLC 3347831. p. 164 Reprinted by La Crosse, Wisconsin: Brookhaven Press, 2000. ISBN 1-58103-125-4, ISBN 978-1-58103-125-6, ISBN 1-58103-126-2, ISBN 978-1-58103-126-3

This article incorporates text from the 1909 edition of Memoirs of Milwaukee County, by Jerome Anthony Watrous which is in the public domain in the United States.