Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Taylor County

William Robert Taylor gravesite


Read More About It

"Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography" by Wisconsin Historical Society

"Wisconsin Blue Book" 1960


Vocabulary:

merchandise
pineries
grange


Interesting Fact:

Later in life, Taylor lost a great deal of his investments and was forced to seek shelter in an old people's home where he died, alone and unknown.


Study Questions:

  • What were the primary issues Taylor worked on while in the governor's office?
  • What was Taylor's involvement in the grange movement?
  • Where did Taylor live between Connecticut and Wisconsin and what did he do?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about William Robert Taylor:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 10:

    1890: Wyoming becomes the 44th state.



  • July 10

    July 10, 1820: William Robert Taylor, the 12th governor of Wisconsin, was born on July 10, 1820 in Connecticut. In 1848, Taylor drove a four-horse team with merchandise for the pineries in Wisconsin. He settled in Cottage Grove and farmed for 25 years, becoming involved in the grange movement. He was nominated for governor and elected in 1873. His administration became known as the reform administration and was responsible for regulating railway rates. Died: March 17, 1909.


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