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"T" is for Taylor, John [1770-1832]

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Taylor was educated at local academies and later graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton). He was a successful planter and lawyer, but spent much of his adult life in politics. He represented Saxe Gotha and Richland Districts in the General Assembly and in 1806 was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1810 Taylor was elected to the U.S. Senate where he was the author of the famed Macon's Bill # 2 which placed economic sanctions on those nations that violated American neutrality. Defeated for re-election, he returned to office two years later as Senator from Richland County and in 1826 was elected Governor. Like many of his fellow politicians, by the late 1820s John Taylor had abandoned his earlier nationalistic enthusiasm for states' rights. 

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.