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Alfred Waterhouse Somerset Taylor, the son of a cocoa manufacturer, was born in 1863. He was educated by a private tutor at Preston Village, near Brighton, and at Marlborough College. After finishing his education he joined the 4th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.

On the death of his father in 1883 he inherited ₤45,000. He later admitted that after he came "into a fortune I have since that time had no occupation but have lived a life of pleasure." 1894 Taylor and Arthur Marling, a female impersonator, were arrested for wearing female clothing at a party given by John Preston on Fitzroy Street.

Taylor met Oscar Wilde and it is claimed that he introduced him to several young men. In 1895 the 9th Marquess of Queensberry, discovered that his son, Alfred Douglas, was having a sexual relationship with Wilde. He planned to disrupt the opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest, at St James's Theatre on 14th February, 1895, by throwing a bouquet of rotten vegetables at the playwright when he took his bow at the end of the show. Wilde learned of the plan and arranged for policemen to bar his entrance.

Two weeks later, Queensbury left his card at Wilde's club, the Albemarle, accusing him of being a "somdomite". Wilde, Douglas and Robert Ross approached solicitor Charles Octavius Humphreys with the intention of suing Queensberry for criminal libel. Humphreys asked Wilde directly whether there was any truth to Queensberry's allegations of homosexual activity between Wilde and Douglas. Wilde claimed he was innocent of the charge and Humphreys applied for a warrant for Queensberry's arrest.

Queensberry entered a plea of justification on 30th March. Owen Dudley Edwards has pointed out: "Having belatedly assembled evidence found for Queensberry by very recent recruits, it declared Wilde to have committed a number of sexual acts with male persons at dates and places named. None was evidence of sodomy, nor was Wilde ever charged with it. Queensberry's trial at the central criminal court, Old Bailey, on 3–5 April before Mr Justice Richard Henn Collins ended in Wilde's attempt to withdraw the prosecution after Queensberry's counsel, Edward Carson QC MP, sustained brilliant repartee from Wilde in the witness-box on questions about immorality in his works and then crushed Wilde with questions on his relations to male youths whose lower-class background was much stressed." Richard Ellmann, the author of Oscar Wilde (1988), has argued that Wilde abandoned the case rather than call Douglas as a witness.

Queensberry was found not guilty and his solicitors sent its evidence to the public prosecutor. Wilde was arrested on 5th April and taken to Holloway Prison. The following day, Alfred Taylor was also arrested. Taylor refused to give evidence against Wilde and both men were charged with offences under the Criminal Law Amendment Act (1885). The police found a considerable collection of female clothing in his room. Taylor refused to turn Queen’s Evidence against Wilde, and the two men were tried together.

The trial of Wilde and Taylor began before Justice Arthur Charles on 26th April. Of the ten alleged sexual partners Queensberry's plea had named, five were omitted from the Wilde indictment. The trial under Charles ended in jury disagreement after four hours. The second trial, under Justice Alfred Wills, began on 22nd May. Douglas was not called to give evidence at either trial, but his letters to Wilde were entered into evidence, as was his poem, Two Loves. Called on to explain its concluding line - "I am the love that dares not speak its name" Wilde answered that it meant the "affection of an elder for a younger man".

Both men were found guilty and sentenced to two years' penal servitude with hard labour. The two known persons with whom Oscar Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency were male prostitutes, Wood and Parker. Wilde was also found guilty on two counts charging gross indecency with a person unknown on two separate occasions in the Savoy Hotel. These may in fact have related to acts committed by Douglas, who had also been Wood's lover.

On release Taylor emigrated to the United States where nothing is known of him except that in the 1920s he was working as a waiter in Chicago.

Alfred Taylor: I have no occupation. It is untrue that I was expelled from a public school for being caught in a compromising situation with a small boy in the lavatory. It is true that I used to have a number of young men living in my rooms and sleeping in the same bed.

Charles Gill: Is it true that you ever went through a mock marriage with Mason?

Alfred Taylor: Absolutely untrue.

Charles Gill: Had you a woman's dress in your rooms?

Alfred Taylor: An Eastern costume.

Charles Gill: A woman's dress?

Alfred Taylor: Yes.

Charles Gill: A woman's wig?

Alfred Taylor: I will explain. It was...

Charles Gill: Had you women's stockings?

Alfred Taylor: Yes.

Charles Gill: At the time you were living in Chapel Street, were you in serious money difficulties?

Alfred Taylor: -I had just gone through the Bankruptcy Court.

Charles Gill: Have you not actually made a living since your bankruptcy by procuring lads and young men for rich gentlemen whom you knew to be given to this vice?

Alfred Taylor: No.

Charles Gill: Have you not extracted large sums of money from wealthy men by threatening to accuse them of immoralities?

Alfred Taylor: No.

Charles Gill: You made the acquaintance of the Parkers in the St. James's Restaurant?

Alfred Taylor: It was outside, and I was introduced to them by a friend.

Charles Gill: What did you give them your address for?

Alfred Taylor: Well, when one makes an acquaintance and you think you will like one another.

Charles Gill: Are you in the habit of speaking to young men in Piccadilly?

Alfred Taylor: I know what you mean. No.

Charles Gill: You go into Piccadilly?

Alfred Taylor: Yes, always.

Charles Gill: St. James's?

Alfred Taylor: Yes.

Charles Gill: Have you ever accosted men at the Alhambra or the Empire?

Alfred Taylor: Never.

Charles Gill: Did you know Mr. Wilde well?

Alfred Taylor: Yes.

Charles Gill: Did you tell certain lads that he was fond of boys?

Alfred Taylor: No, never.

Charles Gill: Did you know that he is?

Alfred Taylor: I believe he is fond of young people.

Charles Gill: Why did you introduce Charles Parker to Mr. Wilde?

Alfred Taylor: I thought Mr. Wilde might use his influence to obtain for him some work on the stage.

Charles Gill: Did you know a man named Marling who was concerned in the Fitzroy Street raid?

Alfred Taylor: Yes.

Charles Gill: Do you know what he is?

Alfred Taylor: I have heard a good deal.

Charles Gill: Were you and Charles Parker both arrested in that raid?

Alfred Taylor: Yes, but we were discharged from custody.

Charles Gill: What was the reason for the dinner at Kettner's?

Alfred Taylor: It was in honour of my birthday. After dinner was over the Parkers and I went home to my rooms in Little College Street.

Charles Gill: Why did you burn incense in your rooms?

Alfred Taylor: Because I liked it.

Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs:Taylor

[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1522-1524 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs , edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

Many of this name were descended from Taillefer, the Norman baron who took part in the battle of Hastings under William the Conqueror, and this name gradually changed to Taylefer, Taylour, Tayleur, Tailer, Tailor and Taylor. The surname Taylor is a very common English family name, and is found also very generally in Ireland. A branch of the family settled in the north of Ireland at the time of the grants to the Scotch and English Protestants, from whom the race of Scotch-Irish, so called, are descended. The Taylor family of the town of New Scotland, Albany county, New York, descend from this Scotch-Irish race.

(I) Robert Taylor was born in Dublin, Ireland, about the year 1757, died in New Scotland, Albany county, New York, in 1834-35. He emigrated to America in 1783, and after a slow and stormy passage joined his uncle, Samuel Taylor, who had previously settled on a farm in New Scotland. He lived with his uncle, helped to clear and improve the farm, which on the death of Samuel came to him as a legacy. The property then was in great part unbroken and heavily timbered. Robert did not inherit the entire tract, but by subsequent purchases increased his holdings, until his acres numbered two hundred and seventy-five. At the time of his death he had a well-improved property on which he had erected a house and other substantial improvements. This farm is still in the family name, and then comprised what is now known as the "Three Taylor Farms." He was a man of great energy and upright character. He married Mary Hotaling (also spelled Houghtaling and Hootaling). She was a descendant of the Tribes Hill branch of the family, and a descendant of the Dutch emigrant ancestor. Robert and his wife lived to ripe years, and are buried side by side in the old Center Presbyterian Church burying ground, they both having been members of that congregation. Children:

  1. Matthias, born February 18, 1785, died February 24, 1846 he was a farmer of the town of New Scotland, where he was born he married Phoebe Irwin, born in Ireland, February 10, 1790, died January 26, 1862 he left children, two of whom yet survive (1910).
  2. John, see forward.
  3. Robert (2), settled in Rensselaer county, where he became a successful farmer late in life he retired to Albany where he died at the home of his daughter, having reached the extreme age of ninety years he was twice married and had issue by both wives.
  4. Samuel, settled in Schenectady, where he was in trade later removed to Centralia, Illinois, where he died leaving issue.
  5. Rachel, married Robert Coughtry.
  6. Harriet, married Joseph Moak.
  7. Rebecca, married William Pangborn.
  8. ————, married William Moak, and left issue.

(II) John, second son of Robert and Mary (Hotaling) Taylor, was born on the original Taylor homestead in New Scotland about 1790, died 1850. He succeeded to one of his father's farms, which he cultivated during the years of his active life. He became a member of the Dutch Reformed church, and was a Whig in politics. He married, in New Scotland, Christianna, born in Guilderland, Albany county, New York, 1796, died in 1882, daughter of Rev. Harmanus Van Huysen, an early minister of the Dutch Reformed church filling every Sunday three or four different pulpits widely separated. He traveled after the fashion of the early itinerant minister, on horseback with saddle bags, and was accompanied by his daughter who rode behind him. He was well known about the country, where his services were in constant demand at weddings, funerals and baptisms. In addition to his ministerial labors, he cultivated a farm, now occupied by Robert Boyd Taylor. He was a soldier in revolutionary war. He married Rachel Van Der Bogert. The Van Huysens and the Van Der Bogerts were among the early Dutch settlers of Albany county. Children of John and Christianna (Van Huysen) Taylor:

  1. James, a farmer of New Scotland, who after his active years were ended retired to Amsterdam, New York, where he died at the age of seventy-five years he married Hannah Houck, and had a son John L., who died in youthful manhood.
  2. Mary J., married Israel Goodfellow, a farmer of Guilderland children: James, Louise, Christianna.
  3. Rachel, died unmarried.
  4. Harriet, married Nicholas Houck, who survives her, a resident of Clarksville, aged ninety-three years they have many descendants.
  5. John V. H., married Lucy Mitchell, died aged thirty years left a son William James, now a resident of Chicago, Illinois, married Florence Rockwell, no issue.
  6. Sarah L., married Guilian Van O'Linda, both deceased, leaving daughters,
    1. Christianna, died after her marriage to Winfield L. Young, no issue
    2. Catherine, married William Mathias, and has Floyd and Whitney.

    (III) Robert Boyd, son of John and Christianna (Van Huysen) Taylor, was born at the Taylor homestead, New Scotland, Albany county, New York, March 10, 1829. He was educated in the public schools, and remained at home until his marriage when he settled on the farm near the homestead, which he yet owns. He has been a farmer all his life. He is a Republican in politics, and has been a deacon and elder of the Reformed church for many years. He married, December 7, 1852, in New Scotland, Elizabeth, born August 17, 1831, died November 28, 1909, daughter of Peter and Mary (Ostrander) Furbeck, both of New Scotland. Peter Furbeck was a farmer all his life, and died on the farm upon which he was born. He was a son of John Furbeck, who enlisted from Holland in the English army for service in America during the revolution. He was captured by the Colonials, and after his release enlisted in the revolutionary army and fought for the cause of freedom. He was accompanied in this experience by his boyhood friend, ———— McKimbe. After the war was over, he purchased land in New Scotland, which became the family homestead for several generations. He married ———— Coons. They lived to a great age, were members of the Presbyterian church of New Scotland, and are buried in the cemetery of that congregation. Children of Robert Boyd and Elizabeth (Furbeck) Taylor:

    1. Alfred J., see forward.
    2. Mary Ann, died unmarried, aged eighteen years.
    3. John Boyd, now connected with the General Electric Works, Schenectady, New York married Catherine Wands children: Vreeland Rensselaer, Charlotte, Stanley.
    4. Peter Rensselaer, a farmer of the home acres married Nellie Wands children:
      1. Clara, born 1895
      2. Dudley Alcott, born 1900.

      This family are all members of the Reformed church, and the men are voters of the Republican party. The mother was a woman of noble character, an active church worker and died deeply lamented.

      (IV) Alfred J., oldest son of Robert Boyd and Elizabeth (Furbeck) Taylor, was born at the home farm in New Scotland, Albany county, New York, June 19, 1854. He was educated in the town schools, and was reared a farmer, an occupation he successfully followed. He now resides on a fine farm on the state road, near New Salem. He has been a deacon and an elder of the Reformed church for many years. Politically he is a Republican. He married, December 30, 1874, in New Scotland, Anna Prudence, born on the McMillan homestead farm, which is now her home, daughter of William J. and Elizabeth W. (Rushmore) McMillan, and great-granddaughter of Alexander McMillan, born in New Scotland, of Scotch parentage. Her ancestors were early settlers in the town. He married ———— Smith. He died aged eighty-six years, and she died in middle life. Alexander McMillan had children:

      1. John, see forward.
      2. Andrew, married Eliza Young children: Alden, David, John, Alexander.
      3. James A., veteran in rebellion a farmer of Schoharie county, deceased had three wives, and by the first had issue.
      4. Aaron, a farmer near Clarksville, now deceased children: Jacob, William, Nelson and Helen.
      5. Catherine, deceased, married Matthew Young.
      6. William, deceased married Margaret Sager.
      7. Mary, deceased married Robert Moak, who lives in New Scotland.
      8. Alexander, deceased married Margaret Van Schaick, and left issue. His widow married (second) Robert Moak, former husband of Mary.

      John, eldest son of Alexander McMillan, was born in New Scotland about 1818, died aged seventy. He married Prudence McCulloch, born in 1813, died July 9, 1909, in her ninety-seventh year. They had children:

      1. William J., see forward.
      2. Charles, born 1836 married Catherine Houck one son Frank, who married Lizzie Relyea.
      3. Hannah Catherine, 1837 married Thomas Tygart, of Voorheesville deputy sheriff of Albany county, New York, since 1900 one son, William.
      4. Alexander, of Voorheesville married Hannah Tygart children: Laura, deceased Estelle, Ruth, Grace and Maud, the latter deceased.

      William J., eldest son of John and Prudence (McCulloch) McMillan, settled on the farm now owned by his daughter, Mrs. Alfred J. Taylor, which he successfully cultivated all his life. He was a Republican in politics. He was reared in the faith of the Reformed church, but later became with his wife a member of the Society of Friends, in which faith they died. He married Elizabeth W. Rushmore, born on the old Rushmore farm on which she lived after her marriage. She was born October, 1837, died February 25, 1907. She was a daughter of Titus and Annie (Wood) Rushmore, of Scotch ancestry, members of the Society of Friends, both of whom died on the Rushmore farm, on which they settled over a century ago, and cleared of the timber with which it was thickly covered. They had four children:

      1. Elizabeth W., married William J. McMillan.
      2. Olivette A., married John H. Hotaling now living at Rutherford, New Jersey.
      3. Mariett, died young.
      4. Henry, died, aged seventeen, while in college.

      William J., and Elizabeth W. (Rushmore) McMillan had one child, Anna Prudence, who married Alfred J. Taylor. The home of the Taylors is the old Rushmore farm, later the McMillan farm, which came to Mrs. Alfred J. Taylor by inheritance. Alfred J. and Anna Prudence (McMillan) Taylor have four children:

      1. Ada, born May 12, 1877 graduate of the Albany high school married Frank J. Hallenbeck. They reside upon and cultivate the home farm, Mr. Taylor having retired from active labor.
      2. Florence, March 2, 1881 educated in the public schools married George H. Martin, a farmer of New Scotland.
      3. Grace, April 22, 1887 graduate of the Schenectady high school married Frank W. Martin, a farmer of New Scotland children:
        1. Frances E., born August 21, 1907
        2. Chester Shaw, January 27, 1910.

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        . and completed in May, 1924, the Southern Bleachery served as the backbone of the Taylors area from the time of its completion until its closing. Continually expanding, including the completion of the Piedmont Print Works in 1928 and the eventual merger of the two companies in 1938, the facility at its peak employed over 1,000 individuals, complete with its own mill village, company store, churches, baseball fields, and even golf course.

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        Hillary Clinton and Thomas Alfred Taylor’s Underpants: It Takes a Village to Rape a Child

        This is Hillary Clinton in 1975. She was on her way to becoming a “feminist icon,” so of course she stepped up to defend a 41-year old man who admitted to raping a child — a twelve-year old child. There were two witnesses to the crime — another man and a teen boy who were in the car with the rape victim. The offender plied the child with alcohol and then raped her.

        As reported in The Washington Free Beacon in a well-researched article by Alana Goodman, Clinton, in 1975, by her own giggly admission, knowingly orchestrated a fraudulent test of the evidence from the crime in order to try to deceive the jury about her client’s guilt: she sent a part of the rapist’s underpants that had no fluids on it to a lab in New York and then threatened to use the negative lab result to disprove the prosecutor’s other evidence. She also made false claims about the victim’s mental state, calling her an unstable liar. Ultimately, despite powerful evidence condemning the rapist, the prosecution let Clinton’s client plead down to little more than time served.

        There are lessons for everyone in this story.

        Academic Feminists (a category that includes many feminist journalists) are now piling on anyone who deigns to criticize Clinton for using dirty tricks forty years ago to help a child rapist get off with a slap on the wrist. This may sound odd, but Academic Feminists have never been interested in putting real rapists into real prisons.

        In fact (a fact you won’t learn in women’s studies classes), from the very beginning of the modern feminist movement, Academic Feminists have been far more interested in playing identity politics than in punishing rape. At the first meetings of the N.O.W., violence against women wasn’t even going to be included as a platform of the group, out of fear that condemning violence against women would result in some minority men getting convicted for the rapes they committed.

        Better to throw all rape victims under a bus than hold black rapists responsible for their rapes — of mostly black women and children. From the beginning of modern feminism, racial and ethnic sensitivity — who committed a crime — was more important than the victim or the crime itself, let alone the ethic of justice for all.

        [It should be noted that this attitude disgusted a critical mass of other feminist women who started working with police to protect women and children anyway — regardless of the color of their offender. These service provider types generally like to stay away from politics, and they shouldn’t be confused with Academic Feminists and other political bottom feeders]

        Fast-forward to today: the Academic Feminists have spent the last several years perfecting their March Towards Universal Guilt But No Prison Time Only Re-Education For All Men But Especially White Fraternity Brothers.

        Academic Feminists have always just been leftists who care more about emptying the prisons than about real victims of crime. They would rather exploit rape cases for political ends than imprison rapists.

        For example, Amanda Marcotte at Slate is wagging around her frayed invisible Code of Defense Lawyer Ethics to explain why Clinton wasn’t merely right to use deceit and character assassination of a 12-year old rape victim to get her rapist client off: according to Marcotte, Clinton was super-right to use deceit and character assassination of a 12-year old rape victim to get her rapist client off because she’s Hillary Clinton:

        Defense attorneys have an unpleasant but necessary job, and Clinton did what she was obligated to do, which was to give her client a constitutionally mandated adequate defense. … As long as juries keep acquitting based on this myth that women routinely make up rape accusations for the hell of it, defense attorneys will continue to use it. The problem here is a larger culture that promotes rape myths, not defense attorneys who exploit these myths in last-ditch attempts to get acquittals for rapists who have overwhelming evidence against them.

        According to Marcotte, everyone else uses rape myths, so the legal standard is to use rape myths, so Clinton was just giving her client the benefit of a really good defense by using rape myths and she should be praised for doing this because it had to be super hard for her to shed her principles that way, but, by the way, if a frat brother uses a rape myth, even if there’s no rape involved, even if he’s just making a bad joke, he deserves to be destroyed, preferably by Amanda Marcotte, Hillary Clinton, and millions of other women.

        Yes, this is the way the Academic Feminists think. I think it has something to do with all that mascara intersecting ink from bad tattoos and shards of bad prose by Judith Butler in the dark little place where your heart’s supposed to be. Other people just call it identity politics.

        Amanda Marcotte, Defense Ethics Specialist, With Cat

        The Academic Feminists are certainly showing their tushes with this defense-of-Hillary-defending-the-child-rapist-thing. At least the masks are off.

        But there is another story here, one that it would behoove the conservative critics of Academic Feminism to remember as they fight back against the guilt-by-identity regime. The lesson is this: in the real world, in real courts, real rape victims are still being subjected to such horrific, humiliating injustices, and real rapists and child molesters are still walking away from their crimes in nearly every case.

        Forget the idiotic academic fake statistics that claim one in five women are raped in college for a moment: in the real courts, one in five rape victims don’t ever get a day in court. Hell, more than four in five rape victims don’t ever get a day in court. So while you’re busy fighting the Academic Feminists, do not make the mistake of believing that what you see happening on college campuses has any bearing on the real criminal justice system.

        And when you’re done demanding justice for yourself, you should demand justice for victims of real rape, lest you become like the Campus Feminists you’re fighting — lest you become interested in injustice only when it affects you and people who look like you.

        Once you’re done being disgusted by the glee that Hillary Clinton expressed in recounting her clever deceits that freed a child rapist, don’t get gleeful yourself over Clinton’s comeuppance: there’s still a child victim involved, and nothing about what happened to her is funny. There’s still an injustice to be righted.

        The Hillary Clinton rape defense is also an important story because it lays bare the perverse lies that pass for criminal defense and the sleazy tactics that warp rules of evidence. If conservatives really care about right and wrong and justice and injustice and toppling identity politics, they cannot draw a circle around these real injustices committed against rape victims and say: this has nothing to do with me because I’ve been persecuted by the Campus Feminists.

        There are many thousands of rape victims, hundreds of thousands of them, victims of real rape, who have been denied justice. Hillary Clinton’s giggly story shows how easy it was in 1975 to get a rapist off, and things haven’t changed as much as one might think today.

        We need conservative men to be willing to stand up for these victims, because the campus feminists don’t care about them. That little raped girl isn’t responsible for speech codes and campus tribunals against frats. Rapists still routinely walk because of warped rules of evidence and prejudiced jurors who believe they’re sticking it to the man, or sticking it to some feminist, or playing Atticus Finch by springing a predator back onto the streets. Child molesters still routinely plead down to time served, or less. If the conservative movement is going to engage the subject of rape, they should also stand up for these rape victims instead of putting all their energy into battling feminists in the fantasy-realm of academia. It would be nice to see Minding the Campus and Truth Revolt and Phi Beta Cons expand their interrogation of injustice and rape to include the real courts.

        Scoring political points isn’t everything. Only people like Amanda Marcotte and Hillary Clinton should be guilty of an accusation like that one

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        Inside Vancouver’s Hidden Past – The Secret History of the Lions Gate Bridge…

        This week I took my first summer stroll round the Stanley Park seawall, passing of course beneath the giant frame of the Lions Gate bridge. The air cools under the bridge and even on the sunniest of days it is gloomy and dark under there. A very different feeling to the bridge deck, with its tremendous views of downtown and the North Shore.

        To many Vancouverites the Lions Gate Bridge feels part of the fabric of the city. A major artery connecting downtown and the North Shore. It is one of our city’s most famous landmarks.

        Yet the existence of the Lions Gate Bridge is due in large part to the determination and entrepreneurial spirit of one man – Alfred “AJT” Taylor.

        Born 1887 in Victoria, Taylor was an engineering contractor by trade. By the ‘roaring twenties’ Taylor was one of Vancouver’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs, with business interests throughout BC in mining and construction. Closer to home, he became convinced that real estate gold lay on the forested slopes of West Vancouver.

        Back then West Van was a fairly remote and unpopulated place with only 3,000 residents. Since there was no bridge over Burrard Inlet’s ‘first narrows’, getting to Vancouver proper from West Van meant taking a ferry or a long drive via the second narrows.

        “The Empress” passes through the First Narrows in 1930. No bridge in those days! CVA 260-277

        Taylor knew that if a bridge were built over the first narrows then suddenly West Vancouver would become a very desirable place to live. Commute times to downtown Vancouver would fall to minutes, rather than hours. He skillfully secured the provincial franchise for the bridge and immediately set about the political campaigning necessary to win public support.

        Taylor had some heavyweight opposition. The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) had extensive land-holdings in downtown Vancouver and upscale Shaughnessy. The CPR was worried that any plan to develop West Vancouver would mean these prestigious land-holdings becoming devalued. They were prepared to fight, lobbying the City of Vancouver hard to turn-down the proposal.

        Ultimately it would go to a vote. Taylor vs. the CPR. In 1927 a plebiscite was put to the citizens of Vancouver on Taylor`s bridge proposal. Interestingly, Vancouverites turned down Taylor`s plans. The reason? A reluctance to build a road through the city’s most prized asset, Stanley Park.

        But Taylor was nothing if not determined. After moving to London to lick his wounds and consider his next move, he quickly used his considerable powers of persuasion to convince the wealthy Guinness family to become his financial backers (yes, the same family whose company makes the beer!).

        On his way to build the Lions Gate it appears.

        Taylor formed a company, British Pacific Properties Ltd., that was bankrolled by the Guinness family. With his provincial franchise for the bridge, and now some serious financial muscle, he was ready for a second assault on the first narrows.

        Moving back to Vancouver in 1930 he found the Great Depression was starting to take its toll on BC. With the Municipality of West Vancouver in serious financial trouble, he made them an offer. $75,000 for 4,700 acres of land. Equating to $18.75 an acre. In return Taylor’s company promised to contribute around $1M of improvements to the municipality, such as building water mains and installing electric cabling.

        (Incidentally, a single acre of land in West Vancouver today will set you back around $3M – $5M.)

        Unemployed Vancouver men line-up for food during the Great Depression, 1931. Re N4.1

        Given their parlous financial state the Municipality of West Vancouver gladly accepted Taylor’s low-ball offer and a big piece of Taylor’s puzzle fell into place. The Great Depression also helped another piece of the puzzle move into position. Keeping Stanley Park pristine didn’t feel so important when people were losing their jobs and homes. Any proposal for a large scale construction project that would create jobs and drive further development suddenly got a much warmer reception.

        Taylor personally financed a second plebiscite in 1933 and this time he got the result he wanted. Vancouver’s electorate overwhelmingly supported the project, passing it by 2-1 margin.

        Perhaps inevitably the battle was not yet over for Taylor. Four more years of wrangling with the federal government followed his plebiscite win. Undoubtedly the CPR had a hand in dissuading the feds from approving the project, but legitimate concerns about the impact of the bridge construction on the shipping lane beneath it were also wrestled over.

        Stanley Park is ‘reconfigured’ to include the Causeway, 1937. VPL: 19129

        Finally Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King officially approved the project in 1936 and work began on March 31, 1937. Amazingly the shipping lane through Burrard Inlet only closed for one single hour during the entire construction of the bridge, at 4.50am on May 2, 1938. (Beat that Port Mann bridge workers!).

        On Nov 12, 1938 the Lions Gate bridge opened and the rest, as they say, is history.

        Alfred Taylor died in New York City aged 57 in 1945. According to his wishes, he was cremated and his ashes scattered from the Lions Gate Bridge. Next time you stroll under the Lions Gate on a walk round the Stanley Park seawall, spare a thought for one of city’s most driven entrepreneurs – the man who built the Lions Gate bridge.

        Alfred Taylor – coal dealer and silversmith

        My 3x great grandmother’s sister, Sarah Mills married Alfred Taylor on 4 November 1847.

        Alfred Taylor was of full age, widower, coal dealer, residence New John Street West, father William Taylor, grocer.

        I had been able to follow Sarah on the census records from 1861 to 1901 (refer my previous post about Sarah), and had found a possible entry on the 1851 census:

        1851 census of England, Aston Manor, Aston, Warwickshire, folio 147, page 7, household of Alfred Taylor, age 36 digital images,, ( : accessed 14 Jun 2019) citing PRO HO 107/2062.

        This census listed Alfred as a silversmith, rather than a coal dealer.

        My next step was to check the directories for Birmingham.

        Page 261 of 1855 White’s Directory of Birmingham has in the Birmingham Alphabetical List one entry:

        Taylor Alfred, silversmith, 9 Howard st h 245, Hagley rd

        There was an entry for Alfred Taylor in the England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 collection. The Probate date was 6 October 1855, and his residence was Birmingham. This will was for Alfred Taylor of Birmingham, Silversmith. The will mentions his wife Sarah Taylor. It also mentions his brother, William Taylor, of Birmingham, coal dealer, and a son, William Alfred Taylor. Alfred appointed his brother William executor.

        In the 1849 Post Office Directory of Birmingham, page 159, there is only one Alfred Taylor – coal merchant, Old Wharf

        White’s Directory and Gazetteer of Birmingham for 1849 (page 262 – Birmingham Alphabetical List) also has just one entry – Taylor Alfred, coal merchant, Old Wharf h. Frederick place, Villa Street

        I was also only able to find Alfred Taylor, coal merchant at Old Wharf in the 1850 directories.

        It was in the 1852 directories that there was a mention of both. 1852 Slater’s Directory of Birmingham, page 362 has:

        Taylor, Alfred, manufacturer of gold spectacles, 9 Howard Street

        Taylor, Alfred, coal merchant, Old Wharf house Well Street

        What made things even more confusing is that there are entries in the 1858 directories for Alf Taylor, silversmith, at 9 Howard Street.

        Were there two Alfred Taylor’s, or were these entries for the same Alfred Taylor, and did he have two businesses?

        In searching for a marriage in the Birmingham, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937 collection for an Alfred Taylor who married in 1840 +- 10 years there was only one other entry: an Alfred Taylor married Caroline Skelding on 22 September 1836 at Handsworth, St Mary. Unfortunately, this was just before the certificates started to show occupations, residences and father’s name and occupation, so I was unsure if it was the same Alfred.

        I used the GRO indexes to find the birth entry for Alfred Taylor’s son, William Alfred Taylor, who was born about 1839, and his mother’s maiden name was Skelding. This showed me that the family on the 1851 census was for the Alfred Taylor who had been married to Caroline Skelding, and was now married to a Sarah.

        The question I now asked was whether it was possible that there were two Alfred Taylors in Birmingham who were widowers, and who married a woman named Sarah between 1839 and 1851. To test this I used FreeBMD to search for:

        Surname Taylor, First name(s) Alfred, Counties Staffordshire and Warwickshire, date range Mar 1839 to Dec 1851

        There were only two entries in the Birmingham registration district one of these was in December 1851, so it was after the 1851 census. The other was the marriage of Alfred Taylor and Sarah Mills.

        It therefore seems that there was one Alfred Taylor, and the directory entries relate to the same man.

        I then decided to do (redo) some research on Sarah’s father Nathaniel Mills, and found the website This included the section about Sarah’s brother, also named Nathaniel Mills “Mills then decided to go into the sewer pipe business. In 1853, the workshop moved to 9 Howard Street”.

        This was further evidence that these entries in the directories were for Sarah’s husband, Alfred Taylor. He had been a coal merchant, and then had joined the Mills family as a silversmith.

        In making a further search of the directories, this time for Nathaniel Mills, I found a directory that listed Nathaniel and William Mills at 11 ½ Howard street, and Alfred Taylor at 9 Howard Street, “UK, Midlands and Various UK Trade Directories, 1770-1941,” database and images, ( : accessed 14 Jun 2019) entry for Nathaniel Mills, 1855 Post Office Directory of Birmingham Original data: Midlands Historical Data collection of Trade Directories. Tony Abrahams. Midlands Trade Directories 1770–1941. Midlands Historical Data, Solihull, West Midlands.

        There are 64 census records available for the last name Alfred Taylor. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alfred Taylor census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

        There are 2 immigration records available for the last name Alfred Taylor. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

        There are 48 military records available for the last name Alfred Taylor. For the veterans among your Alfred Taylor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

        There are 64 census records available for the last name Alfred Taylor. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alfred Taylor census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

        There are 2 immigration records available for the last name Alfred Taylor. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

        There are 48 military records available for the last name Alfred Taylor. For the veterans among your Alfred Taylor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

        In 1975, Hillary Clinton — then known as Hillary Rodham — taught at the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she founded the University of Arkansas School Legal Aid Clinic. It was during this time that she defended Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl.

        In her book “Living History,” Clinton recalls that Mahlon Gibson, a Washington County prosecutor, told her that the accused rapist “wanted a woman lawyer” to defend him, and that Gibson had recommended Clinton to Judge Maupin Cummings. “I told Mahlon I really didn’t feel comfortable taking on such a client, but Mahlon gently reminded me that I couldn’t very well refuse the judge’s request.”

        Gibson corroborated Clinton’s story in a 2014 interview with CNN.

        CNN, June 25, 2014: Gibson said Clinton called him shortly after the judge assigned her to the case and said, “I don’t want to represent this guy. I just can’t stand this. I don’t want to get involved. Can you get me off?”

        “I told her, ‘Well contact the judge and see what he says about it,’ but I also said don’t jump on him and make him mad,” Gibson said. “She contacted the judge and the judge didn’t remove her and she stayed on the case.”

        In a separate 2014 interview, Clinton said she had an “obligation” to represent Taylor. “I had a professional duty to represent my client to the best of my ability, which I did,” she said.

        In her book, Clinton writes that she visited Taylor in the county jail and he “denied the charges against him and insisted that the girl, a distant relative, had made up her story.” Clinton filed a motion to order the 12-year-old girl to get a psychiatric examination. “I have been informed that the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing … [and] that she has in the past made false accusations about persons, claiming they had attacked her body,” according to an affidavit filed by Clinton in support of her motion.

        Clinton also cited an expert in child psychology who said that “children in early adolescence tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences and that adolescents with disorganized families, such as the complainant’s, are even more prone to such behavior,” Clinton wrote in her affidavit.

        Update, Oct. 19: Clinton’s motion was denied, according to court documents obtained in September by a Pennsylvania lawyer who took an interest in the case.

        Ultimately, expert testimony from a scientist “cast doubt on the evidentiary value of the blood and semen the prosecutor claimed proved the defendant’s guilt in the rape,” Clinton writes in her book. Clinton negotiated a plea deal and Taylor was charged with “Unlawful Fondling of a Child Under the Age of Fourteen” and was sentenced to one year in a county jail and four years of probation, according to a final judgment signed by Cummings.

        In 2014, the Washington Free Beacon published the audio of an interview that Arkansas reporter Roy Reed conducted with Clinton in the 1980s. In the interview, Clinton recalls some unusual details of the rape case, and she can be heard laughing in three instances, beginning with a joke she makes about the accuracy of polygraphs.

        Clinton: Of course he claimed he didn’t. All this stuff. He took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs. [laughs]

        At another point, Clinton said the prosecutor balked at turning over evidence, forcing her to go to the judge to obtain it.

        Clinton: So I got an order to see the evidence and the prosecutor didn’t want me to see the evidence. I had to go to Maupin Cummings and convince Maupin that yes indeed I had a right to see the evidence [laughs] before it was presented.

        Clinton then said that the evidence she obtained was a pair of the accused’s underwear with a hole in it. Clinton told Reed that investigators had cut out a piece of the underwear and sent the sample to a crime lab to be tested, and the only evidence that remained was the underwear with a hole in it.

        Clinton took the remaining evidence to a forensic expert in Brooklyn, New York, and the expert told her that the material on the underwear wasn’t enough to test. “He said, you know, ‘You can’t prove anything,'” Clinton recalled the expert telling her.

        Clinton: I wrote all that stuff and I handed it to Mahlon Gibson, and I said, “Well this guy’s ready to come up from New York to prevent this miscarriage of justice.” [laughs]

        The emails we have received about this case contain some misinformation. Some have claimed, for example, that Clinton volunteered for the case and the accused rapist was found not guilty. That’s not accurate, as we just explained. But Clinton did laugh in the retelling of some unusual aspects of the rape case, and we leave it to others to decide whether her laughter was appropriate or not.


        Hillary Rodham Clinton. The White House. Accessed 16 Jun 2016.

        School of Law Legal Clinics. University of Arkansas School of Law. Accessed 10 Jun 2016.

        State of Arkansas V. Thomas Alfred Taylor. CR 75-203. Washington County Circuit Court. 7 Nov 1975.

        Clinton, Hillary Rodham. “Living History.” Simon & Schuster, 2003.

        Clinton, Hillary Rodham. Interview with Mumsnet. 4 Jul 2014.

        Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. 10 Mar 2015.

        Goodman, Alana. “The Hillary Tapes.” 14 Jun 2014.

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