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TAYLOR, Christopher, Quaker preacher, born near Skipton, Yorkshire, England, about, 1620; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in April, 1686. He was a Puritan minister until he was converted to Quaker doctrines by the teachings of George Fox. He was a man of learning, and expounded his belief in different parts of England while pursuing the vocation of a teacher of the classics. After suffering persecution and imprisonment for his convictions he left his school at Edmonton, Middlesex, and emigrated to Pennsylvania. He settled in Bucks, county, which he represented in the first assembly of the province, and after the arrival of William Penn he became a member of the council, and continued a councillor till the time of his death. He also held the office of registrar-general, removing to Philadelphia from Chester county, where he had for some time resided and held a commission as justice of the peace. He published " Compendium triam linguarum" (1679).
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