William H. Taylor [RG1458.AM]


RG1458.AM: William H. Taylor, 1827-1865

Papers: 1860-1862, n.d.
Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska: Politician
Size: One folder


Born in Kentucky in 1827, William H. Taylor grew up at Harrodsburg. He went to Missouri as a young man, where he married Mary Blakie in 1848. They lived in Missouri for several years before traveling to Nebraska City, Nebraska, around 1857. Taylor worked as an attorney and land agent before getting involved in politics. He served in the Territorial Legislature from 1858 until 1862. In 1862 Taylor was a candidate for Congress, but he was defeated by Samuel G. Daily.

After his political defeat in 1862, Taylor focused his energy on business. He was one of the incorporators of the South Nebraska Railroad, and he served as a commissioner for the Union Pacific Railroad. In the spring of 1865, Taylor sold much of his property and in June he left on a steamboat with his family. William H. Taylor died at Louisville, Kentucky, on June 23, 1865. He is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Kentucky.


The collection consists of one folder containing several items relating to the life and political career of William H. Taylor. Included in the collection is a pamphlet, “Address of the Hon. William H. Taylor, to the Citizens of Nebraska Territory, Against the Re-Election of Hon. Samuel G. Daily, to Congress.” Also included is a letter written by Taylor in 1860 to President Abraham Lincoln. In the letter, Taylor recommends that Dr. John Evans be appointed Governor of Nebraska Territory. A typescript copy of the letter is also included. The last item in the collection is a biographical sketch of William H. Taylor.



  1. Letter to Abraham Lincoln, 1860
  2. Typescript copy of letter to Abraham Lincoln, 1860
  3. Address of the Hon. William H. Taylor…
  4. Biographical sketch

Subject headings:

Daily, Samuel Gordon, 1823-1866
Elections — Nebraska
Nebraska — Politics and government
Politicians — Nebraska
Taylor, William H., 1827-1965

Revised TMM 02-11-2020


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