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Taylor spent his formative years in Williamsburg, Virginia, where his father was bursar of the College of William and Mary, from which Taylor received an A.B. in 1867. He entered the University of Virginia in 1867, living at 47 West Range. There, he studied law, a profession he never practiced.

After college, he went to Norfolk, Virginia. Amassing a small fortune in the real estate business, he served in the Common Council of Norfolk and represented Norfolk in the state legislature. Taylor was the originator of Pi Kappa Alpha. He gave the Fraternity its name, probably authored the earliest ritual and presided over the first convention in 1874.

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