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TAYLOR, James, pioneer, born in Midway, Virginia, 19: April, 1769 ; died in Newport, Kentucky, 8 November, 1848. His father was a first cousin of General Zachary Taylor. The son emigrated to Kentucky in 1792. During the second war with Great Britain he used his money and credit to pay the troops, took the field as brigadier-general of Kentucky militia, served as quartermaster-general of the northwestern army under General William Hull, and was active in concerting a plan to displace Hull and confide the command of the fortress at Detroit to General Duncan McArthur. When General Hull ordered him to act with Colonel James Miller and the British officers in drawing up articles of capitulation, he refused to have any participation in the surrender. He became one of the largest land-owners in the west.
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