Hawkins Taylor autobiography
Materials include a photocopy of a typewritten transcription of Hawkins Taylor autobiography. The memoirs include information throughout his whole life, including early life in Kentucky and political activities in Iowa and Nauvoo. He describes several interactions related to law enforcement with the Mormons, including arresting Hyrum Smith and being involved in the Battle of Nauvoo when the Saints were driven out in 1846. He ends describing his later political career with Abraham Lincoln. Dated approximately the 1880's.
- approximately 1880's
- Taylor, Hawkins, 1811-1893 (Person)
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Hawkins Taylor (1811-1893) was a politician and lawman in Iowa.
Hawkins Taylor was born on November 15, 1811, in Barren County, Kentucky to Samuel and Catherine Taylor. He moved and settled West Point, Iowa in 1830 and he then married Melinda Walker in the spring of 1834. He was elected to the House of Representatives of the territorry of Iowa in 1838, and in 1840 he was elected Sheriff of Lee County. Taylor was famous for arresting Hyrum Smith, the brother of Joseph Smith, as well being part of the group that drove the Mormons from Nauvoo in 1846 during the Battle of Nauvoo. In 1846 he moved to West Point, Iowa, and became mayor in 1857.
He was also a very good friend to President Abraham Lincoln, and served in several political capacities during his tenure, including as a convention delegate (1860); chairman of a federal commission (1862); and, federal mail agent for the state of Kansas (1864).
Hawkins Taylor died in November, 1893, in Washington, D.C.
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Donated by John Stuekerjuergen in November 2014.
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Donated; John Stuekerjuergen; November 2014.
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)
Processed; Nate Burroughs, intern manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.
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- Latter Day Saint churches -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- History
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- Police -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- History -- Sources
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- United States -- Politics and government
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- 2014 December 2
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.