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William Penn Taylor was a nineteenth-century congressman from Virginia.

Early lifeEdit

Born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Taylor received a limited schooling as a child.[1]


He held several local political offices in Caroline County, Virginia, including as a delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-1830 where he served alongside Robert B. Taylor from Norfolk, a Brigadier General in the state militia.[2]

Taylor was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates for the session 1830/31 from Caroline County, Virginia.[3]

He was elected an Anti-Jacksonian to the United States House of Representatives in 1832, serving from 1833 to 1835 and being unsuccessful for reelection.[4]

In 1845, Taylor served as a presidential elector.[5]


He died at his estate called "Hayfield" in Caroline County, Virginia and was interred in the family cemetery on the estate.



  • "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present". United States Congress. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Andrew Stevenson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835
Succeeded by
John Roane