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Taylor, Thomas Nicholls, 1868-1950



  • Existence: 1868 - 1950


Thomas Nicholls Taylor (1868-1950) was a Utah businessman, politician, civic and religious leader, and mayor of Provo, Utah, from 1900 to 1903.

Thomas Nicholls Taylor was born on July 18, 1868, to George Taylor and Eliza Nicholls. He attended Provo city schools and later Brigham Young Academy. Thomas began his employment with Taylor Brothers, the store founded by his father, at the age of ten, and was continuously connected with the company since that time. He was named president and manager in 1890 and continued in the president's position until his death. Taylor married Maud Rogers on September 18, 1889, in the Manti Temple. They had nine children. He served as counselor in the Provo Third Ward bishopric from 1891 to 1900, when he became bishop of the ward, which position he held for nineteen years. In 1919, he became president of the Utah Stake and served in that capacity until 1939, when the stake was renamed Provo Stake. In 1939, he was set apart as stake patriarch, serving until the time of his death. Throughout his adult life, Taylor carried on correspondence with his good friend President Heber J. Grant, and other prominent Church leaders as well as businessmen and politicians. Taylor was a director of the Home Fire Insurance Company and organizer of both the Provo Building and Loan Association and the Farmers and Merchant's Bank in Provo. He served as mayor of Provo from 1900 to 1903 and as vice president of the Utah State Council of Defence from 1917 to 1919. He was president of the Utah State Bankers Association in 1918. In 1920 he was the Democratic candidate for governor of Utah. Taylor served as a member of University of Utah's board of regents from 1920 to 1924. From 1921 to 1939, he also served as a member of the Brigham Young University Board of Trustees and as chairman of the executive committee for many years. He served a year as president of the BYU Alumni Association and received the association's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1947. Thomas Nicholls Taylor passed away in Provo, Utah, on October 24, 1950.

The effect of the rivalry between Jesse Knight and Thomas Nicholls Taylor on architecture in Provo, Utah: 1896-1915, 1991: page 22 (born 1868 in Provo, Utah)

provohistory, via WWW, Sept. 14, 2010: (Thomas Nicholls Taylor; born July 28, 1868 to George Taylor and Eliza Nicholls; died Oct. 24, 1950 in Provo, Utah; businessman; mayor of Provo, 1900-1903)

Thomas Nicholls Taylor collection, 1900-1949 (Thomas Nicholls Taylor; Thomas N. Taylor; President of Utah Stake; chairman of BYU Board of Trustees Executive Committee; involved with Utah Democratic Committee; member of Board of Regents for the University of Utah)

Thomas Nicholls Taylor, 1973

Wikipedia, December 6, 2019 (Thomas N. Taylor; Thomas Nicholls Taylor; born in Provo, Utah; managed Taylors Brothers furniture business for sixty years; served on board of directors of many local companies; owned a farm and orchard in Orem, Utah; married Maud Rogers in 1889, had nine children; mayor of Provo from 1900 to 1903; served as a Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo, Utah for nineteen years, then as President of the Utah Stake from 1919 to 1939; served as Provo Stake Patriarch from 1939 until 1950; ran for governor of Utah in 1920; member of the Brigham Young University Board of Trustees from 1921 to 1939)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Photographs of university trustees

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 830
Scope and Contents

Contains thirty-nine black-and-white photographs of presidents of the Board of Trustees of Brigham Young Academy and University; also views of chairmen of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of BYU. Also includes view of Karl G. Maeser's wife, Anna.

Dates: 1875-1975

Thomas Nicholls Taylor and Thomas Sterling Taylor letters

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197239125153]
Identifier: MSS 9548
Scope and Contents Letters of the Taylor family, mainly between Thomas Nicholls Taylor (father) and Thomas Sterling Taylor (son), dated from 1904 to 1943, with a gap in correspondence from 1904 to 1929. The majority are written concerning business matters during the Great Depression. Sterling traveled the Western United States trying to find work, so many letters are written on hotel stationary. Nicholls stayed in Utah at his store in Provo. The strain on their businesses is mentioned in both men's letters,...
Dates: 1904-1943

Thomas Nicholls Taylor collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1664
Scope and Contents

Contains primarily correspondence and materials related to the professional, personal, and political life of Thomas Nicholls Taylor, including correspondence with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders like President Heber J. Grant and other prominent Utah businessmen and civic leaders. Dated 1900 to 1949.

Dates: 1900-1949