Robert Walker Tayler

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Robert Walker Tayler
Robert Walker Tayler 1899.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byGeorge P. Ikirt
Succeeded byJames Kennedy
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
In office
January 10, 1905 – November 25, 1910
Appointed byTheodore Roosevelt
Preceded byFrancis Joseph Wing
Succeeded byWilliam Louis Day
Personal details
Born(1852-11-20)November 20, 1852
Youngstown, Ohio
DiedNovember 25, 1910(1910-11-25) (aged 58)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting placeLisbon Cemetery, Lisbon, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Alma materCase Western Reserve University

Robert Walker Tayler (November 20, 1852 – November 25, 1910) was an Ohio attorney and politician who served as a member of Congress and a United States federal judge.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Mayor Robert Walker Tayler, Sr., Tayler attended the public schools and received an A.B. from Western Reserve College in 1872 and taught in the high school in New Lisbon (now Lisbon), Ohio. He was superintendent of schools from 1873 to 1875, and editor of the Buckeye State in New Lisbon from 1875 to 1876. Tayler read law to enter the bar in 1877. He was in private practice in East Liverpool, Ohio from 1877 to 1880. He was a Prosecuting attorney of Columbiana County, Ohio from 1880 to 1885, thereafter returning to private practice in Lisbon, Ohio until 1890, then in New York City until 1892, and again in Lisbon, Ohio until 1895.

Tayler was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1895 to March 3, 1903 as the Representative for Ohio's 18th congressional district. He was chairman of the Committee on Elections from the Fifty-fifth through Fifty-seventh Congresses. He declined to be a candidate in 1902 for renomination, instead returning to private practice in Youngstown, Ohio from 1903 to 1905.

On January 6, 1905, Tayler was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio vacated by Francis Joseph Wing. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 10, 1905, and received his commission the same day. Tayler moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and served on the court until his death in that city, in 1910. He was interred in Lisbon Cemetery, Lisbon, Ohio.


  • "Robert Walker Tayler". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Robert Walker Tayler at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George P. Ikirt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
James Kennedy
Legal offices
Preceded by
Francis Joseph Wing
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Succeeded by
William Louis Day