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M. J. Taylor is one of the well known and highly respected business men of Butler, where he is manager and agent for Taylor's Garages. He was born in Oakland Township, Butler County, December 30, 1880, and is a son of James L. and Rebecca E. (Gallagher) Taylor.
James L. Taylor was born near Buillon, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, in 1843, the son of Mathew and Catherine (Kephart) Taylor. Mathew Taylor came from Venango County, Pennsylvania, and his wife was a native of Lancaster County. He was a raftsman on the Allegheny River, and later drove a stage coach between Pittsburgh and Franklin, Pennsylvania, during the Civil War. After the war he followed farming. Both he and his wife are deceased and are buried at Eau Claire, Pennsylvania.
James L. Taylor learned the blacksmith's trade. During the Civil War he served in the One Hundred and Second Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness. After the war he operated a grist mill, and also was a coal dealer. He died in 1910 and is buried in North Cemetery, Butler, Pennsylvania. Rebecca E. (Gallagher) Taylor was born near Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, in 1858, the daughter of Peter and Jennie (Love) Gallagher. Mr. Gallagher fought in the Mexican War in 1849, and also in the Civil War in 1861. Both he and his wife are deceased and are buried in North Cemetery, Butler. Mrs. Taylor now resides in Oakland Township, Butler County. To Mr. and Mrs. James L. Taylor two children were born: M. J., the subject of this sketch ; and Mary, married C. W. Dunn, with the Valvaline Oil Company, Butler, Pennsylvania.
M. J. Taylor attended the public schools of Butler. His first job was with the Butler Brick & Tile Company, where he remained for ten years. He was manager of the company when he resigned in 1908. He then entered the automobile field, selling Ford cars for the McIntyre Auto Garage Company, located on Monroe and Cunningham Streets. He was with this company for twelve years. In 1920 he purchased several oil wells and these wells now produce about 1,400 barrels a year. In 1917 he built a garage near Woodbine Street, which he operated until 1926. On July 1, 1926, he took charge of the present business, which has two locations, one being at 250 West Jefferson Street, and the other at the corner of Monroe and East Cunningham
Streets. Mr. Taylor understands the business thoroughly and is capable and progressive.
Mr. Taylor was married on November 5, 1904, to Miss Lilly E. Tinstman, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Tinstman, natives of Butler County. Mr. Tinstman died in 1917 and his wife died in 1899, and the remains of both are buried at Whitestown, Pennsylvania. To Mr. and Mrs. Taylor two children have been born: Richard L., now in charge of his father's oil well interests ; and Vera Elizabeth, a student.
Mr. Taylor and his family are members of the Presbyterian Church, in which he is past elder. He is a substantial citizen and is known for his upright business standards.