William P. Taylor

William Penn Taylor ( * 1791 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, † 1863 in Caroline County, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1833 and 1835 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Taylor received a limited education. During the British - American War he served in the state militia. He held in his home some local offices. In 1824 he inherited the plantation Hayfield Manor near Port Royal, which he managed with the help of time, up to 80 slaves. There he received prominent guests, including the later U.S. President Franklin Pierce. In the 1820s he joined the opposition to President Andrew Jackson and later became a member of the short-lived National Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1832 Taylor was in the ninth constituency of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Andrew Stevenson on March 4, 1833. Until March 3, 1835, he was able to complete only one term in Congress. Since the inauguration of President Jackson in 1829, was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives William Taylor lived again on his estate Hayfield Manor, where he died in 1863.