Leon Rutherford Taylor

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Leon Rutherford Taylor
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Taylor in 1913
Acting Governor of New Jersey
In office
October 28, 1913 – January 20, 1914
Preceded by James Fairman Fielder
as Acting Governor
Succeeded by James Fairman Fielder
as Governor
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
Personal details
Born October 26, 1883
Asbury Park, New Jersey
Died April 1, 1924(1924-04-01) (aged 40)
Denver, Colorado
Political party Democratic
Religion Baptist

Leon Rutherford Taylor (October 26, 1883 – April 1, 1924) was a New Jersey politician, who was the acting governor of New Jersey from October 28, 1913, to January 20, 1914. Taylor took office upon the resignation of James Fairman Fielder, who had stepped down to create a vacancy in the governorship and avoid constitutional limits on succeeding himself.


Taylor was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey on October 26, 1883.[1] He attended Denison University in Ohio, studied law and established himself as a lawyer in New Jersey. Taylor was elected to three terms in the New Jersey General Assembly, and was chosen as its speaker. After Governor of New Jersey James Fairman Fielder resigned from office on October 28, 1913, Taylor became acting governor by virtue of his role as speaker of the house, serving until January 20, 1914, when Fielder assumed a full term in office. Taylor died on April 1, 1924, in Denver, Colorado.[2]

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  1. ^ "Leon Rutherford Taylor in the World War I draft". Selective Service. 
  2. ^ "New Jersey Governor Leon R. Taylor". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2010-03-07. Leon R. Taylor, the forty-fifth governor of New Jersey, was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey on October 26, 1883. His education was attained at Denison University in Ohio. He went on to study law and then established his legal career in New Jersey. Taylor first entered politics as a member and speaker of the New Jersey House of Representatives, a position he held three terms. On October 28, 1913 Governor James F. Fielder resigned from office, and Taylor, who was speaker of the house at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. He served in this capacity until January 20, 1914, when he then retired from political life. He continued to stay active in his legal career, as well as serving as captain in the Red Cross, a post he held from 1917 to 1919. Governor Leon R. Taylor died on April 1, 1924 in Denver, Colorado. ... 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas F. McCran
Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
Succeeded by
Azariah M. Beekman
Preceded by
James Fairman Fielder
Acting Governor
Governor of New Jersey
October 28, 1913 – January 20, 1914
Succeeded by
James Fairman Fielder