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Bentley W. Taylor

TAYLOR, Bentley W., a prominent and successful farmer, living in Scotland Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Chester County, Pa., February 10, 1861, a son of William and Hannah (Pyle) Taylor, natives of Chester County, Pa. After attending public school in his boyhood, Mr. Taylor pursued a course of study at Abingdon College, and then, at the age of sixteen years, went back to Montrose, Pa., to learn the printer's trade, at which he worked three years. After mastering the trade, he returned to his home, where he remained until he was of age. At that period he went to work on a farm in Champaign County, where he stayed two years. One year after his return to McDonough County, he and his brother bought a farm in Emmet Township, and eight years later he purchased land in Scotland Township, in which he now owns 160 acres, having sold the Emmet Township farm. He bought his present place in 1901.

On June 1. 1887, Mr. Taylor was united in marriage with Alice J. Clark, who was born in Scotland Township, and three children are the offspring of this union, namely: Ralph, Anna and Frank. In religious faith, Mr. Taylor is a Presbyterian. Politically, he follows the fortunes of the Republican party. He held the office of Supervisor two years, and after an intermission of two years was again elected Supervisor in 1904, in each instance his public service being ably and faithfully performed.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 1015-1016, extracted 07 Aug 2020 by Norma Hass.

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