Miles Taylor (politician)

Miles Taylor (July 16, 1805 – September 23, 1873) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the state of Louisiana. He served three terms as a Democrat.[1] On February 5, 1861, shortly after Louisiana seceded from the Union, Taylor resigned his seat in Congress, announcing that "the whole South would rise up to a man to resist" efforts by the Federal government to control slavery.[2]

Miles Taylor
Hon. Miles Taylor, Louisiana - NARA - 528510.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1861
Preceded byTheodore Gaillard Hunt
Succeeded byMichael Hahn
Personal details
Born(1805-07-16)July 16, 1805
Saratoga Springs, New York
DiedSeptember 23, 1873(1873-09-23) (aged 68)
Saratoga Springs, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Eliza Ann Bruden

Taylor was born in Saratoga Springs, New York. He served in Congress from 1855, until Louisiana's secession from the Union. He died in Saratoga Springs, New York, and was buried in the family graveyard at his plantation, Front Scattery, near Belle Alliance, Louisiana. Scattery Plantation was sold in parcels and there does not seem to be any cemetery there now.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

On May 21, 1838, he married Eliza Ann Bruden, age 19 of Mississippi at Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. She died in 1850. They had four children:

  • John (b. 1839)
  • Mary (Taylor) May (living 1891 as a widow in New Orleans}
  • Thomas (c. 1843 – October 11, 1907, Cassanova Virginia) who served in 8th Louisiana Regiment CSA);
  • Searing (c. 1845 – February 25, 1891, Saint Emma Plantation, age 45) who served as a "special agent" for the Confederate Government.


  1. ^ Taylor's bio at
  2. ^ "Congressional". Evening Star. Washington, D.C. February 6, 1861. p. 2. Retrieved October 22, 2021 – via
  3. ^ See also Belle Alliance Plantation.

External linksEdit

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district

1855 – 1861
Succeeded by
Michael Hahn
under Union occupation in 1863