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George Washington Taylor (January 16, 1849 – December 21, 1932) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

George Washington Taylor
George W. Taylor 1902.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1915
Preceded byRichard Henry Clarke
Succeeded byOscar Lee Gray
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1849-01-16)January 16, 1849
Montgomery, Alabama
DiedDecember 21, 1932(1932-12-21) (aged 83)
Rome, Georgia
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery[1]
Montgomery, Alabama
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Margaretta Metcalf
Alma materUniversity of South Carolina at Columbia
OccupationAttorney, Politician
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States
Branch/service Confederate States Army
Years of service1864-1865
UnitSouth Carolina 1st South Carolina Cavalry[2]
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War


Born on "Roselawn" plantation near Montgomery, Alabama, Taylor attended private schools. While a schoolboy in Columbia, South Carolina, Taylor enlisted in the Confederate States Army in November 1864, and served until the end of the war. Taylor graduated from the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1867. He then taught school in Mobile, Alabama, and studied law. Taylor was admitted to the bar in Mobile, Alabama, in November 1871 and commenced practice in Butler, Alabama, in 1872. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1878 and 1879. Taylor served as State solicitor for the first judicial circuit of Alabama from 1880–1892. He declined a third term, and moved to Demopolis, Alabama, in 1883.[3]

Taylor was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1915). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1914, and resumed the practice of law in Demopolis, Alabama. He served as chairman of the State Democratic convention which called the constitutional convention in 1901. Taylor was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920. He died in Rome, Georgia, while on a visit in that city, on December 21, 1932. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.[3]


  1. ^ "George Washington Taylor". Find A Grave. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ Jones, Caroline. "George Washington Taylor". The Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Taylor, George Washington". United States Congress. Retrieved 15 January 2018.


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