TAYLOR, Miles (1805-1873)

TAYLOR, MILES, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., July 16, 1805; received a liberal education; moved to Bayou Lafourche, La.; studied medicine, but never practiced; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, La.; moved to New Orleans, La., about 1847; held several local offices; appointed by the Governor in 1849 as a member of a committee to revise the Civil Code, the Code of Procedure, and the Statutes of Louisiana; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth, Thirty-fifth, and Thirty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1855, to February 5, 1861, when he withdrew; chairman of the Douglas National Executive Committee in 1869; resumed the practice of law in New Orleans, La.; died in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., September 23, 1873; interment on the family plantation, ``Front Scattery,'' near Belle Alliance, Assumption Parish, La.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Louisiana State University Libraries
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: In the Miles Taylor Family Papers, ca. 1821-1954, 200 items.
The Miles Taylor Family Papers consist of family letters, photographs, manuscript writings, and artifacts that include Civil War mementos. Additionally, papers contain genealogical and biographical material of the Taylor family of Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Included is the correspondence of Eliza Breeden Taylor with her mother and sister in Thibodaux and Carrollton, Louisiana. Letters from Eliza prior to her marriage relate social life and events in Natchez. Later letters relate local events, social activities, family matters, sickness, including yellow fever outbreaks in New Orleans and Natchez, and Miles' political career, business dealings, and farming success. The personal papers of Miles Taylor include a copy of his will, reprints of speeches he made in Congress (1856-1857) regarding Preston Brooks' caning of Charles Sumner, the Kansas question, and tariffs, and letters to his son Thomas concerning his own financial situation and family matters. The Civil War letters of Thomas Taylor relate his unit's withdrawal from winter quarters at Manassas, his participation at the Battle of Gaines's Mill and Cold Harbor, the election of officers in his unit, and casualties. He also reports his convalescence as a prisoner of war at Saratoga Springs, New York (1863). Additional letters from Thomas describe the rescue of passengers from the collision of the two steamers "Dixie" and "Folly," his trip from New Orleans, via Cuba, to Baltimore prior to his marriage, and social life at Sarasota Springs during his wedding trip (1866). Letters to Thomas from his uncle, Julius Taylor, relate financial problems with his Virginia farm and additional family news. Thomas's manuscript writings of "A Canticle of the Canes" and "The Trial of Greenhow, A Memory of Alexandria," are also present. An autobiographical sketch of General Thomas Thomson Taylor, nephew of Miles Taylor and a member of the 47th Ohio Volunteers during the Civil War, is also present, as are numerous photographs and family portraits.


Washington University in St. Louis
Department of Special Collections, Olin Library
St. Louis, MO
Papers: In the Walter H. Cummings Collection, 1872-1873, 1 volume.
An Autograph Book 1872: March 26-1873. Persons represented include Miles Taylor.