Dr. Oliver Brewster Taylor
- Born: 5 Jan 1820, Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
- Died: 26 Jul 1913, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut at age 93
- Buried: East Cemetery, Manchester, Hartford County, Connecticut
Noted events in his life were:
• General History, 1913, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. Dr. Oliver Brewster Taylor, died on July 26, at the home of his son, Frank S. Taylor, at Hartford, Conn. He was born in Westfield, Mass., Jan. 5, 1820, the son of Jonathan and Harmony Brewster Taylor. He was in the ninth generation in direct line from Elder Brewster of the Mayflower. He was educated in the public schools and then entered Harvard Medical School, from which he graduated in 1842. He was the oldest living graduate of the School.
Soon after graduation he began the practice of medicine in Manchester, Ct. He continued in active work in his profession until 1899, when he retired and went to Hartford to live with his son. Dr. Taylor was greatly interested in the Manchester schools. He was a member of the board of school visitors for more than 50 years, and was secretary of the board for 20 years. He was superintendent of the East cemetery in Manchester for several years, and was successful in persuading people to give money for the improvement of the cemetery. He joined the First (Center) Congregational Church soon after he went to Manchester, took a leading part in the work of the church, and did much for its welfare.
After his removal to Hartford he transferred his membership to the Asylum Hill Congregational Church. He was the oldest member of the latter church. He voted in 18 presidential elections. His Erst vote was in 1844, and he cast it for Henry Clay. He had never missed voting for president, and had been a Republican since the formation of the party. Since going to Hartford Dr. Taylor had spent much time in assisting in the compilation of the Brewster genealogy.
He married Sophia Hale Hubbard, daughter of Edward and Sophia Hale Hubbard, of Bolton, in Sept., 1842. She died July 11. 1848. They had two children, Edward Taylor, who died in 1901, and Mrs. Adelaide B. T. Merrill, of Fruit Vale. Cal., widow of Selah Merrill, U.S. consul to Jerusalem. On April 21,1852, Dr. Taylor married Jane Elizabeth Smith of Ellington. Mrs. Taylor died in 1888. Two children survive the second marriage: Frank S. Taylor, of Hartford, and Mrs. Emma Taylor Pond, of Leonia, N.J. There are two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.