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William Jesse Taylor

August 5, 1806
August 6, 1877
Home Town:
Richland District, SC
Later Residences:
Alexina Muir Taylor (May 29, 1833)
Agnes Barton Taylor (April 4, 1861)
Biographical Notes:
William Jesse Taylor was the son of John and Sarah Cantey (Chestnut) Taylor. He practiced law for a brief period, but then committed his time and energy solely to his planting interests in the Richland District, in which he was very successful.

Taylor was married twice. His first wife died about twenty-two years after their marraige in 1857. He is buried in a private burying ground in Columbia, SC.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from South Carolina College in 1826.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Agriculture
Admitted To Bar:
Columbia, SC in 1828

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848.
Secondary Sources:
Taylor, Sally Cantey Elmore. Reminiscences of Colonel Thomas Taylor and the Founding of Columbia. Pistol and Pen, 1968.

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