TAYLOR, Robert Love (1850-1912)

TAYLOR, ROBERT LOVE, (son of Nathaniel Green Taylor and brother of Alfred Alexander Taylor), a Representative and a Senator from Tennessee; born in Happy Valley, Carter County, Tenn., July 31, 1850; attended Pennington Seminary in New Jersey, and Buffalo Institute, Milligan, Tenn.; studied law in Jonesboro, Tenn.; admitted to the bar in 1878 and practiced in Elizabethton and Jonesboro; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 and for election in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; practiced law and also engaged in the newspaper business in Johnson City, Tenn., in 1880; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1884 and 1892; pension agent at Knoxville, Tenn., 1885-1887; Governor of Tennessee 1887-1891; resumed the practice of law in Chattanooga, Tenn.; lecturer; Governor of Tennessee 1897-1899; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1907 and served from March 4, 1907, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 31, 1912; chairman, Committee on the Geological Survey (Sixty-second Congress); interment in the Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn.; reinterred in Monta Vista Cemetery, Johnson City, Tenn., in 1938.

Knox County Public Library
McClung Historical Collection
Knoxville, TN
Papers: Correspondence in Will A. McTeer papers, 1828-1925; and genealogical material in Selden Nelson papers, 1875-1921.

Tennessee Historical Society
Nashville, TN
Papers: Biographical sketch.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Nashville, TN
Papers: Letters in various collections, gubernatorial papers, biographical sketches, and a portrait.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: Correspondence in William M. Dozier papers, 1941-1977.

  • Augsburg, Paul Deresco. Bob and Alf Taylor. Morristown, TN: Morristown Book Co., 1925.
  • Fain, Sara Pett. The Fiddle and the Bow. Boston: Christopher Publishing House, 1952.
  • McKellar, Kenneth. "Robert Love Taylor," in Tennessee Senators as seen by one of their Successors. Kingsport, Tenn.: Southern Publishers, Inc., 1942, 506-530.
  • Robison, Daniel Merritt. Bob Taylor and the Agrarian Revolt in Tennessee. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1935.
  • Taylor, James Patton, Alfred A. Taylor, and Hugh L. Taylor. Life and Career of Senator Robert Love Taylor (Our Bob). Nashville: Bob Taylor Publishing Co., 1913.
  • Taylor, Robert Love. Echoes: Centennial and Other Notable Speeches, Lectures and Stories. Nashville: S.B. Williamson & Co., 1899.
  • ___. Governor Bob Taylor's Tales. Nashville: De Long Rice & Co., 1896.
  • ___. Lectures and Best Literary Productions of Bob Taylor. Nashville: Bob Taylor Publishing Co., 1912.
  • ___. Life Pictures, by Senator Bob Taylor: Being a Collection of Senator Taylor's Lectures and Public Addresses. Nashville: Taylor-Trotwood Publishing Co., 1907.
  • 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.
  • U.S. Congress. Robert Love Taylor (Late a Senator from Tennessee). Memorial Addresses Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States. 62d Cong., 3d sess., 1912-1913. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1913.