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Richard Lee Taylor
Birth: Apr. 3, 1744
Death: Jan. 19, 1829
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA

American Revolutionary War Continental Army Officer. Born in Orange County, Virginia, he graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1769 he explored the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers with his older brother, Hancock Taylor, travelling from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. At the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, he became a 2nd lieutenant in the Virginia Continental forces in February 1775, and fought in the battles of White Plains in New York, Trenton in New Jersey, Brandywine in Pennsylvania, and Monmouth in New Jersey. In September 1781 he was discharged at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He acquired 8,000 acres throughout Kentucky and built his home "Springfield" on part of the land, known today as the Zachary Taylor House. During the Northwest Indian War (1785 to 1795, also known as Little Turtle's War), he served as a volunteer in the Kentucky militia and was injured in a disastrous 1792 battle with the Native Americans under Chief Little Turtle near Fort St. Clair, site of the present-day Eaton, Ohio. After 1800 he remained active in Kentucky politics for the rest of his life. He died at his home at the age of 84. He was the father of Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the US, and Joseph Pannell Taylor, who served as a general in the Union Army during the Civil War. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Family links: 
  Zachary Taylor (1707 - 1768)
  Elizabeth Lee Taylor (1709 - 1753)
  Sarah Dabney Strother Taylor (1760 - 1822)
  Hancock Taylor (1781 - 1841)*
  Zachary Taylor (1784 - 1850)*
  George Taylor (1790 - 1829)*
  Elizabeth Lee Taylor Taylor (1792 - 1845)*
  Joseph Pannell Taylor (1796 - 1864)*
  Sarah Bailey Taylor Gray (1799 - 1851)*
  Emily Richard Taylor Allison (1801 - 1841)*
  Zachariah Taylor (1735 - 1815)*
  Elizabeth Taylor Bell (1740 - ____)*
  Richard Lee Taylor (1744 - 1829)
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Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Zachary Taylor family plot
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Mar 02, 2000
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- bob tarte
 Added: Jul. 9, 2016
Brother, thank you for service to our country and giving to us the leadership of your entire family up to and including our 12th President of the United States. Rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Apr. 3, 2016
Richard Lee Taylor, a Virginian
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: May. 22, 2015
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