WILLIAM ALEXANDER TAYLOR

     Was born in Harrison Township,
Perry County, Ohio, April 25, 1837.
His father, Thomas Taylor (1789-1866),
son of Captain Thomas Taylor (1756-
1823), Revolutionary officer, Loudon
County, Va. His mother, Mary Owens
Taylor (1796-1885), daughter of Lieu-
tenant Joshua Owens, artillery officer,
war of the Revolution. Both ancestors
participated in the siege of Yorktown
and were present at the surrender of
General Lord Cornwallis.
     Thomas Taylor and Mary Owens
were married near Warrenton C. H.,
Fauquier County, Virginia, March 24,
1816.  Came to Harrison Township,
1818, entered Government lands, on
which they resided the rest of their
lives (1866 and 1885).
     The father of Captain Thomas Tay-
lor of the Revolution was the uncle of
the father of General Zachary Taylor,
soldier and President. Mary Owens
Taylor was a niece of General Simon
Kenton.
     William A. Taylor received his pri-
mary education in the public schools.
He had access to the versatile library
of Dr. Milliken, of Roseville, and under
the advice of his mother acquired by
his own exertions a wide, diversified
and practical knowledge of general
history, English literature and the
classics.
     He taught school several years in
Perry and adjoining counties and for
one year in Central Illinois. He be-
gan newspaper work in 1858-9 in New
Lexington, in connection with Perry
J. Ankeney and John Reed Meloy, on
the Perry County Democrat.
He was admitted to the practice of
law in the Supreme Court of Ohio on
the day he attained his majority, and
entered upon the practice of the profes-
sion.   His preceptors were Judges
Muzzy and Butler.



He left the law to take an editorial
position on the Cincinnati Enquirer,
after the Civil War, and was con-
nected with that paper at different
periods   for   more   than   twenty
years. He also filled editorial posi-
tions on the New York Sun, Pitts-
burg Post and Pittsburg Telegraph, 
as well as different papers in 
Columbus.  He is the author of 
many books, including "The Peril
of the Republic," "American 
Presidents and Contemporaneous 
Rulers,""Ohio Statesmen and An-
nals of Progress," "Ohio Hundred 
Year Book," "Intermere," 
"Roses and Rue," and "The 
Centennial History of Columbus,"
in two volumes and an edition 
de luxe.
     He is at this time engaged 
in completing "Ohio and Its 
People," James T. White & Co., 
New York and Columbus, 
Publishers, in four superb 
volumes, the material for which
he has been gathering for twenty 
years. "Ohio and Its People" 
will constitute the first 
standard history of the State 
and its people.  The work will 
be artistically illustrated as
well as handsomely printed 
and bound.
     William A. Taylor and Janet
Allen Tarrier were united in  
marriage at Zanesville, Ohio, 
November 10, 1870. A son, 
Aubrey Clarence Taylor, was
born to them in Pittsburg,
January 28,  1875.   He passed 
into the beyond November 28, 
1898.
     Mr. and Mrs. Taylor have resided
in Columbus since 1878. Their home
is at 617 Franklin Avenue.

Hon. Stephen B. Elkins
Lawyer, Statesman, Scholar, Financier and Millionaire

     United States Senator Stephen Ben-
ton Elkins, resident of Elkins, West
Virginia, soldier, lawyer, politician,
coal operator, railroad owner, million-
aire and philanthropist, was born in
Perry County three miles southeast of
Thornville, September 26, 1841.  His
parents moved to Missouri, and here
he was reared and educated, graduating
at the age of nineteen with high hon-
ors from the University of that State.
He studied law, and was admitted to
the Bar, but in 1863 he enlisted in the
Civil War and served till its close with
the rank of captain.  He moved to
New Mexico, learned Spanish, and be-
came a lawyer of wide practice. Was
elected to the Legislature, became At-
torney General of the Territory, and
was appointed District Attorney by
President Johnson. Later, he became
a banker, land-owner, miner, and a
Congressman. While in Washington
he met and married the daughter of
Senator Henry G. Davis, of West
Virginia, and in 1878 he moved to that
State, where he has grown in wealth
as a coal operator and increased in
popularity as a man. In 1891 President
Harrison appointed him Secretary of
War, and in 1895 he was elected United
States Senator from West Virginia.
He is still in the Senate, one of its
most valued and practical members.
The Senator is noted for his wide
reading, varied attainments, public
spirit, and gentlemanly, refined man-
ners. His home near Elkins is con-
sidered the most magnificent private
residence in the State.


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