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Title: William M. Taylor
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Among the well known and highly respected stock men and general farmers of Warren county who have attained to a definite degree of success in their line of endeavor and who, at the same time, have greatly benefited the community in which they live is the gentleman to a review of whose career we now direct the reader's attention. An analyzation of the life work of Mr. Taylor shows that he has not permitted obstacles to stand in the way of his ambition, but has, practically unaided, forged his way to the front, refusing to be thwarted by any obstacles.

William M. Taylor was born on August 10, 1869, in the township in which he now resides, and is the son of William G. and Hannah (Murphy) Taylor. The subject's paternal grandfather was John Taylor, of Greencastle, Indiana, an expert wagon-maker by trade. The subject's father, William G. Taylor, was born at Greencastle on April 20, 1834, and he died on February 17, 1871. The subject's mother was born at Centerville, Wayne county, Indiana, in 1838, and her death occurred on August 8, 1911. These parents received good common school educations and were highly respected among those who knew them. They were the parents of seven children, of whom five are still living. The father had taught several terms of school, but later followed farming, owning forty acres of land. He was a soldier in the Civil war, being a member of Company C, Fortieth Indiana Regiment, taking part in some of the most important battles in which this regiment participated.

The subject of this sketch was reared under the parental rood and in his youth he attended the schools of the neighborhood. He was reared to the life of a farmer and he has never departed from that honorable calling. His fine farm in Mound township, Warren county, is a model of neatness, its general appearance indicating the owner to be a man of good taste some attention to the raising of live stock, which he has found to be a profitable source of income.

On February 14, 1892, Mr. Taylor married Rosa B. Clem, who was born on September 10, 1873, the daughter of Alfred and Ellen (Watson) Clem. To Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were born two children, namely: Pearl married Walter Gouty, a concrete worker, and they are living in Illinois; Ross is at home. Mrs. Rosa B. Taylor died on September 2, 1895.

Politically, Mr. Taylor is a Progressive and is deeply interested in the success of that party, believing its platform to embrace the principles most beneficial to the common people of this country. It is a compliment worthily bestowed to say that the community is honored by his citizenship, for he has achieved success through his own efforts and he is deserving of the proud American title of self-made man.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001068
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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