Robert Love Taylor

Robert Love Taylor

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Robert Love Taylor (July 31, 1850 March 31, 1912) was a U.S. Representative from Tennessee from 1879 to 1881, Governor of Tennessee from 1887 to 1891 and from 1897 to 1899, and subsequently a United States Senator from that state from 1907 until his death. He is notable for winning the governor's office in an election against his older brother, Alfred A. Taylor.

His father, Nathaniel Green Taylor was also a Congressman from Tennessee, and he was also a first cousin of Nathaniel Edwin Harris, Governor of Georgia from 1915 to 1917.

Early life and career

Taylor, known by the nickname "Our Bob", was a native of Carter County, Tennessee and was a Democrat, a relatively rare affiliation for a native of that part of northeastern Tennessee. He was both admitted to the bar and elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1878, winning one term but failing to be reelected in 1880. (Taylor would be the last Democrat to serve in Tennessee's 1st congressional district; since 1881 the seat has been continuously held by Republicans.) He was again a Democratic congressional nominee in 1882 and again defeated.

Governor's race

He was first nominated by the Democrats for governor in 1886. His Republican opponent was his older brother, Alfred A. Taylor. The subsequent campaign is known in Tennessee history as The War of the Roses after the conflict in English history of that name and the fact that Bob's supporters wore white roses, Alf's red. The two men travelled the...
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