31 March 2009

Oliver Swain Taylor

Oliver Swain Taylor was born 17 December 1784 in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, the son of Thaddeus Taylor and Bridget Walton. Taylor was an alumnus of Dartmouth College, having received the A.B. (1809), A.M. (1812), and M.D. (1813) degrees from that institution. At the time of his death, he was the oldest alumnus of Dartmouth and was believed to be the oldest college graduate in the nation. Although appointed to accompany missionaries to Ceylon in 1815, he did not undertake that journey. He held a succession of teaching positions.

He married Catherine Gould Parsons in Belchertown, Massachusetts, on 4 November 1816. During a portion of their residence at Auburn, the family made its home at 13 Grover Street. Four children were born to the Taylors: Catherine Gould Taylor (b. 16 December 1817, Belchertown); Charles Taylor (b. 15 September 1819, Belchertown), Henry Martin Taylor (b. 7 March 1825, Hadley, Massachusetts), and Edward Payson Taylor (28 September 1827, Homer, New York).

At the age of sixty-three, Taylor was ordained to the ministry. After his death in Auburn on 19 April 1885, Rev. Dr. Taylor was interred in Fort Hill Cemetery.