Alfred Alexander TAYLOR, Congress, TN (1848-1931)


TAYLOR, Alfred Alexander, (son of Nathaniel Green Taylor and brother of Robert Love Taylor), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Happy Valley, Carter County, Tenn., August 6, 1848; attended Duffield Academy, Elizabethton, Tenn., Buffalo Institute (later Milligan College), Tennessee, and the schools of Edge Hill and Pennington Seminary, New Jersey; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1874 and commenced practice in Jonesboro, Washington County, Tenn.; member of the State house of representatives, 1875-1877; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor in 1886, being defeated by his brother, Robert; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1895); declined to be a candidate in 1894 for renomination; engaged in the practice of law in Johnson City, Tenn.; engaged as a lecturer and also interested in agricultural pursuits; Governor of Tennessee 1921-1923; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922; again engaged in lecturing and in agricultural pursuits and resided at Milligan College, Carter County, Tenn.; died while on a visit in Johnson City, Tenn., November 25, 1931; interment in Monta Vista Cemetery.


Taylor, Robert L., Jr. “Apprenticeship in the First District: Bob and Alf Taylor’s Early Congressional Races.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly 28 (Spring 1969): 24-41.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present