- Waller Taylor
name =Waller Taylor
Lunenburg County, Virginia
August 26 1826
National Republican Party
United States Senatorfrom Indiana
March 4, 1825
Virginia House of Delegates
office1 =Indiana Territorial Legislature
term_start1 = 1809
Waller Taylor (
1779?– August 26 1826) was an American military commander and politician.
Taylor was born in
Lunenburg County, Virginiawhere he spent his entire childhood. He studied law and served in the Virginia House of Delegatesfrom 1800 to 1802.
In 1804 he moved to
Vincennes, Indianaand practiced law there. He was appointed chancellor of the Indiana Territory in 1807. Also in 1807, he became a major in the territorial militia. He fought against Native Americans and served as an aide-de-campto William Henry Harrisonduring the Tecumseh's Warin 1809 to 1810. He participated in the Battle of Tippecanoe.
Taylor continued in the United States Army during the
War of 1812and rose to the rank of adjutant general.
Taylor was a strong supporter of
slaveryand believed that slavery should have been allowed in Indiana. The slavery party had lost it's majority status in the 1809 election and Taylor was part of the pro-slavery party trying regain power. He campaigned to become the congressional representative for Indiana in 1812 but was defeated by Jonathan Jennings. He had a hot temper and during the campaign challenged Jennings to a duel; Jennings declined.
In 1816, when
Indianabecame a state, he was chosen along with James Nobleto join the United States Senateas the first senators from Indiana. Taylor was elected to a full term in 1818 and left the Senate when that term expired in 1825.
Taylor was a member of the faction in the United States Senate that supported
John Quincy Adamsand Henry Clay. He was also associated with the United States Democratic RepublicanParty and the United States National Republican Party.
Little else is known about the rest of Taylor's life except that he returned to
Lunenburg, Virginia, and died there a year after leaving the Senate, of natural causes.
Taylor was buried on his family's land in
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