Nathaniel G. Taylor as an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 1st congressional district. He was born in Happy Valley, Tennessee in Carter County on December 29, 1819. He was educated in private schools and Washington College near Jonesborough, Tennessee. He graduated from Princeton College in 1840, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1841. He commenced practice in Elizabethton, Tennessee in Carter County.
He was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Brookins Campbell, who never qualified. He served from March 30, 1854 to March 3, 1855. He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1854 for re-election to the Thirty-fourth Congress. He was a presidential elector on the Constitutional Union ticket of Bell and Everett in 1860. He was a member of the relief association formed for the aid of war sufferers in east Tennessee and lectured on their behalf throughout the East.
Upon the readmission of Tennessee to representation, he was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-ninth Congress. He served from July 24, 1866 to March 3, 1867, but he was not a candidate for renomination in 1866. He was the Commissioner of Indian Affairs from March 26, 1867 to April 21, 1869, when he retired and devoted himself to farming and preaching. He died in Happy Valley, Tennessee in Carter County on April 1, 1887. He was interred in the old Taylor private cemetery. Nathaniel Green Taylor was the father of two other Tennessee politicians, Alfred Alexander Taylor and Robert Love Taylor.
This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.