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Past and Present of Livingston County
Volume 2. Biographies
by Major A. J. Roof. 1913
John H. Taylor is city attorney and a well known lawyer of Chillicothe and in his chosen profession has made that steady advancement which results only from merit and ability in handling important litigated interests. He is in the prime of his career with the opportunity before him to attain still greater success and his friends do not hesitate to predict for him continued progress in his chosen field. Mr. Taylor was born in Livingston county on the 12th of September, 1870, and is a grandson of Hiram Taylor, one of the first settlers of the county, and a son of Edward L. Taylor, well known throughout this district and called by his numerous friends, "Buck." He was in the fifth consecutive year of his service as sheriff of Livingston county when he was accidentally shot and killed while on a hunting trip in Arkansas. He was always a stanch adherent of the democratic party and gave loyal and active support to its men and measures for many years, His death occurred in November, 1897.
John H. Taylor attended the public schools of Chillicothe and after completing the usual course studied law in tile office of judge Gill. In 1897 he was admitted to the bar and in the same year opened an office in his native city and has continued to practice here since that time. He has secured a good clientage connecting him with much of the important litigation tried in the courts of the district and is recognized as an able and resourceful practitioner.
Mr. Taylor married Miss Irene Blackburn, a native of Livingston county, and they are the parents of three children, Richard, Buck and Dorothy. Mr. Taylor is identified with the Masonic order, with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and has held many important public positions, most of which have been along tile lines of his profession. He was a delegate to the national democratic convention at Denver in 1908. He has been police judge, sheriff, prosecuting attorney of Livingston county and mayor and is at present serving as city attorney.
In 1910 Mr. Taylor was as the nominee of the democratic party of the thirty-sixth judicial circuit for circuit judge. He ran far ahead of his ticket and although the circuit was overwhelmingly republican was only defeated by a very narrow margin, During his term as mayor of the city of Chillicothe the municipal electric light plant was constructed. The fact that Chillicothe is now the best lighted city in the state is largely due to Mr. Taylor's efforts both in the submission of the proposition to the people and in the successful fight in the courts against the private corporation which sought to defy and defeat the will of the citizens.