South Carolina Supreme Court Justices

Claude Ambrose Taylor
           
Date Born: August 24, 1902

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 Date Died: January 21, 1966

       
       
       
       
       
Place Born: Lexington County, SC

Place Buried: Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg, SC

           
   

Chief Justice 1961 - 1966
Associate Justice 1944 - 1961
   

Claude Ambrose Taylor was born on August 24, 1902 in Lewisdale (renamed to Gilbert in 1904), SC, the son of Hutchinson Seay Taylor and Margaret Cummings (Smith) Taylor. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1926 with an LL.B degree. He entered the practice of law in 1927.

On July 4, 1926, Claude Ambrose Taylor married Mary Young Cooper, daughter of Claude Bernard Cooper and Jane Hilliard (Barrett) Cooper, and they had four children.

In 1931, Claude Ambrose Taylor was first elected as one of seven (eight in 1933) men to represent Spartanburg County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 79th General Assembly that met from 1931 to 1932
- 80th General Assembly that met from 1933 to 1934
- 81st General Assembly that met from 1935 to 1936 - elected Speaker of the House
- 85th General Assembly that met from 1943 to 1944

From 1935 to 1943, Claude Ambrose Taylor was a member of the law firm Odom & Bostick

On January 13, 1944, Claude Ambrose Taylor was elected as an Associate Justice of the SC Supreme Court, replacing David Gordon Baker, who had been elected as Chief Justice. He resigned from the House of Representatives.

In 1961, Claude Ambrose Taylor was elected as Chief Justice of the SC Supreme Court, replacing Chief Justice Taylor Hudnall Stukes, who had died while in office. He served as Chief Justice until his death.

On January 21, 1966, Claude Ambrose Taylor died, and he was buried at the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg, SC.


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