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Taylor, George, 1838-1926



  • Existence: 1838 - 1926


George Taylor (1838-1926) was an American photographer and furniture salesman.

George Taylor was born in Duddeston, England on March 25, 1838. He married Eliza Nicholls Taylor on July 5, 1857. On June 4, 1864, they migrated to Salt Lake City, Utah. They all lived in the same house in Provo, Utah, where he was a furniture salesman for the Cluff Brothers. George then opened his own furniture company. All of his pieces were handmade and he later added a music section where he made organs. He adopted plural marriage and married a second wife named Henrietta Sawyer Taylor in 1864. George would go on to have 15 children between his two wives. In 1864, he also began his own photography career. In 1870, he sent his daughter to work with C.R. Savage to learn photo retouching. George retired in about 1885 but continued to do photography as a hobby until the 1920s. He was an active player in the Provo government, serving on two boards, the Utah County Board of Trade, and as the director of the commercial club in Provo. He died in Provo, Utah, on September 4, 1926.

Brigham Young University, L. Tom Perry Special Collections worksheet, Oct. 23, 2007 |b (George Taylor; photographer in Provo, Utah), viewed Oct. 23, 2007 (George Taylor; b. Mar. 25, 1838 in Birmingham, England; d. Sept. 4, 1926 in Provo, Utah; photographer; furniture dealer; capitalist)

Familysearch, Via WWW. December 15, 2022 (George Taylor; b. Mar 25, 1838; d. Sep 4, 1926; wife Eliza Nicholls Taylor; wife Henrietta Sawyer Taylor; 15 children)

Familysearch, Via WWW. December 15, 2022 (George Taylor Sr. family book; Furniture sales; Photography as a hobby; Sent his daughter to work with C.R. Savage; Served on boards of Provo government; Utah County Board of Trade; The director of the commercial club in Provo.)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Photograph of the First National Bank Building, approximately 1880

 Item — Box 1: Series 1 [Barcode: 31197233630380], Folder: 20
Identifier: UA P 2 Series 1 Item 31
Scope and Contents

Reproduction of a photograph of the First National Bank Building, approximately 1880. Print created between 1970 and 1975.

Dates: approximately 1880

George Taylor papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197230218726]
Identifier: MSS 1836
Scope and Contents

Deeds, marriage and divorce certificates, land indentures, and Confederate money. The materials relate to Taylor's personal life, his marriages, and business dealings.

Dates: 1863-1947

George Taylor photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 151
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs, prints, and glass plate negatives of Provo, Utah in early 1900s. Photographs include images of George Taylor's family members, self-portraits, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Materials are dated 1890-1910.

Dates: approximately 1900

Additional filters:

Collection 2
Archival Object 1
Photographs 2
Provo (Utah) -- Photographs 2
Businessmen -- Utah -- Provo 1
Certificates 1
Deeds 1