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Howard Singleton Taylor
"Howard Singleton Taylor, LL.B., . . . city prosecutor of Chicago, was born in Lexington, Virginia. As a lad he took part in the Civil War, enlisting in the Federal army and doing service for the Union cause, while one brother and many of his friends and kindred were wearing the gray and serving the Confederate cause.
He studied law and was graduated from the Law School of Cincinnati with highest honors. After leaving Indiana he located for the practice of the profession in Chicago . . . . The possessor of poetical gifts, such as required to produce the famous 'Man with the Musket' or 'The Soldier of Peace,' needs no wordy praise; but many will regret that he has not given more of his life to the production of poetry for which he has such a fine equipment."
[Benjamin S. Parker & Enos B. Heiney (eds.), Poets and Poetry of Indiana 457-458 (New York: Silver, Burdett and Company, 1900)]
Another source has Taylor born in Staunton, Virgina, and indicates that he was born in 1946. He was
[Chicago (Ill.) Bureau of Statistics, The Chicago City Manuel 21-22 (Chicago: Bureau of Statistics and Municipal Library, 1908)]