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TAILOR, John Louis, jurist, born in London, England, 1 March, 1769; died in Raleigh, North Carolina, 29 January, 1829 He was brought to the United States at the age of twelve by a brother, his father having died. He was for two years at William and Mary college, then removed to North Carolina, studied law. and, after being admitted to the bar, settled in Fayetteville, which he represented in the legislature in 1792-'4. He removed to New Berne in 1796, and in 1798 was elected a judge of the superior court. In 1808 he was chosen by his colleagues to preside over the supreme court, which was then composed of judges of the superior court who met at Raleigh to review questions that arose on the circuits. When a new tribunal was instituted in 1818 he was appointed one of the judges, and continued as chief justice till his death. In 1817 he was appointed a commissioner to revise the statute laws of North Carolina. The work was completed and published in 1821, and a continuation by Judge Taylor appeared in 1825. He began to take notes of cases that came before him soon after he was elevated to the bench. His publications include "Cases in the Superior Courts of Law and Equity of the State of North Carolina " (New Berne, 1802); " The North Carolina Law Repository" (2 vols., 1814-'16); " Charge to the Grand Jury of Edgecombe, exhibiting a View of the Criminal Law" (1817) ; "Term Reports" (Raleigh, 1818) : and a treatise "On the Duties of Executors and Administrators" (1825).
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