FLOYD H. TAYLOR

             Few members of the legal fraternity of Harnett County have brought to the practice of their profession greater gifts of scholarship than Floyd H. Taylor, of : . Buies Creek, who, while engaged in practice since 1922, has already attained standing recognition in his calling as an able and reliable practitioner. Unlike the majority of' his colleagues at the bar, Mr. Taylor did not enter practice in the untried flush of youth, but took up its labors when he had reached years of maturity and had attained a full understanding of its responsibilities. He is at present serving capably in the capacity of county solicitor of Harnett County, and is widely known in political circles as chairman of the democratic executive committee.

Mr. Taylor was born on a farm near Buies Creek, Harnett County, January 12, 1877, and is a son of E. B. and Elizabeth (Robinson) Taylor. His father, a native of Nash County, this state, came to Harnett County in young man- hood, and here spent the remainder of his life in agricultural pursuits, while Mrs. Taylor,' a native of Georgia, still survives and resides at the home of her son, Floyd H., at Buies Creek. Floyd H. Taylor graduated from Buies Creek Academy in 1904, following which he adopted the vocation of educator, and for ten years taught in various schools in Harnett County. In 1906 he was elected clerk of the Superior Court, a position in which he served for eight years, and was nominated for a third term, but the county changed its political completion and he was defeated with the rest of the ticket. In the meantime, while in office, Mr. Taylor had applied himself during his leisure hours to the study of law, and eventually took the law course at Wake Forest College. Admitted to the bar in August 1922, he immediately commenced practice at Lillington, where he has since built up a splendid clientage, maintaining offices opposite the Court House. He has displayed his abilities as a sound and reliable legist in a number of important cases, and is soundly grounded in the principles of every department of his profession.  In 1925 he was appointed county solicitor of Harnett County, and has served very capably in that office.  Mr. Taylor is a member of the Harnett County Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association.  In addition to his profession he has other interests, and has extensive farm holdings in Harnett County, where he now has forty acres of land under cultivation.  An influential democrat, he is at present chairman of the democratic executive committee.  Mr. Taylor joined the Masonic fraternity at the age of twenty-one years, and is also a member of the Junior Order United American Mechanics and the Knights of Pythias.  With his family he belongs to the Baptist Church attending at Buies Creek, where he makes his home.

In August, 1906, Mr. Taylor married Miss Cornelia Stewart, a daughter of N. A. and Martha (Messer) Stewart of Harnett County, the latter of whom died in April 1915.  Mr. Stewart enlisted in the Confederate army during the War Between the States, and following the close of that struggle engaged in agricultural pursuits in Harnett County, where he still resides on the home farm.  To Mr. and Mrs. Taylor there have come eleven children:  Mary Elizabeth, born in 1907; Margaret Cornelia, born in 1908; Floyd Herbert, Jr., born in 1909; Annie Catherine, born in 1911; Evan Bryan, born in 1912; Archibald Robinson, born in 1914; Ruth Dare, born in 1915; Carro Swan, born in 1916; James Woodard, born in 1919; Martha Stewart, born in 1921; and William Alexander, born in 1925.