Joseph D. Taylor

Joseph Danner Taylor ( born November 7, 1830 in Goshen Township, Ohio; † September 19, 1899 in Cambridge, Ohio ) was an American politician of the Republican Party. From 2 January 1883 to 3 March 1885 to 4 March 1887 to 3 March 1893 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 16th, 17th and 18th congressional district of the state of Ohio.


Taylor was born in Goshen Township. The school he attended in Clermont County. He then attended college and became a teacher. From 1854 to 1856 he was a teacher at Fairview High School, from 1857 director of the high school. At the University of Cincinnati he later studied law. In 1860, he earned his Juris Doctor. In the same year he was admitted to the bar and opened a law firm in Cambridge. In 1861 he founded the Guernsey Times, a daily newspaper whose owner he was before 1871.

During the Civil War, Taylor served in the Union Army. From 1863 to 1865 he served as Judge Advocate. After the end of the war he went into politics. He was a delegate at the Republican National Conventions in 1876 and 1880.

For the first time in the U.S. House of Representatives Taylor was elected in 1883 in the 16th District of Ohio in a Special Election. There he finished the term of the late Jonathan T. Updegraff. For the regular elections he ran in the 17th district, with success. There he sat, however, only one legislative period. In 1887 he moved again for the 17th District in the House. This time, he represented this district two terms. In 1891, he joined the 18th District, which he again took a legislature. In 1893, he retired permanently. He retired to Cambridge where he died in 1899. He was buried there on the South Cemetery.