Jeremiah Taylor

He then began trading and speculating in horses, cattle and produce,
taking the same to New Orleans by flatboat. In this way he made quite a
little money, but in 1837 he lost it all by the failure of the state banks
in the financial crash of that year. He struggled on until 1843, when he
found himself without a dollar, but he was enterprising and in- doustrous,
and learning that photography was becoming a profitable business, he set
about fitting himself for that work. He was a apt scholar, and ere long
he had mastered the business, procurred an outfit and started out as a
traveling artist. He was thus em- ployed for about five years, during which
time he made a considerable sum of money. He then took up residence in
Jefferson County and purchased a good farm. It was here that Mr. Taylor
formed the acquaintance of Mrs. Frances HAM, a widow and mother of C.D.
HAM, the present cashier of the Mt. Vernon Bank. Not long after- ward they
were married, and locating upon a farm, Mr. Taylor carried on agricultural
pursuits and engaged in stock-raising. He also owned a tannery and carried
on a shoe shop, for his enterprising and progressive spirit led him to
take up any honorable pursuit whereby he might increase his financial resources.
He was not avaricious, but he wished to get a good start in life and secure
a comfortable home for himself and family. After some eighteen years spent
in this line of business, on account of the failing health of his wife,
Mr. Taylor removed to Mt. Vernon, where he carried on merchandising in
con- nection with C.D. Ham. They also operated a woolen mill for five years,
when they sold out, and in company with others, organized the Mt. Vernon
National Bank, Mr. Taylor being one of its largest shareholders. He has
since been connected with that institution and -------------- in other
enterprises, being a stockholder in the water works, the car shops and
coal mine, and he owns an extensive farm of ------------. During the Civil
War he was appointed by Governor YATES to help organize the State Militia,
and in this way did good service for his country. He has been a staunch
Republican since the formation of the party, and for sixty years has been
a faithful member of the Methodist Church, to the support of which he contributes
liberally. He started out in life empty- handed, but has steadily worked
his way upward, and his honorable, upright dealings well merit the handsome
competence which he has acquired, and which is but the just reward of his

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Clinton, Washington, Marion
and Jefferson Counties, Illinois. Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent
and Representative Citizens of the Counties, Together with Biographies
and Portraits of all the Governors of the State and the Presidents of the
United States," Chicago: Chapman Publishing Co., 1894

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Submitted By: Misty Flannigan

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