Justice George H. Taylor, Jr. was born on April 22, 1873 in Westport, Connecticut. Educated at public grammar schools, he went on to earn degrees from City College in New York and New York Law School. Taylor was admitted to the bar in 1894 and for the next four years practiced at the firm of Johnston and Johnston. He was then engaged in solo practice until 1922. Taylor served as an Alderman in Mount Vernon from 1906 until 1910 and became President of the Mount Vernon Board of Aldermen. Later, he ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Mount Vernon.
He joined the bench in 1923 after winning election as a Justice of the Supreme Court for the Ninth Judicial District. Justice Taylor was designated to the Appellate Division, Second Department in 1936. He left the bench in 1943, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 70, but continued to serve as an official referee for the Supreme Court for the next ten years.
Additionally, Justice Taylor was a member of the American, New York State and Westchester County Bar Associations, the New York County Lawyers Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and several clubs.
He was married to Irene E. Perry in 1896 and had two daughters. He died on November 18, 1958 at the age of 85.
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