Biography of Frank Davis Taylor

FRANK DAVIS TAYLOR – A distinguished figure in Berkshire County in the clothing trade is Frank Davis Taylor, who has for many years been at the head of the firm of H. S. Taylor & Sons, which was founded by his honored father. In various community and general interests Mr. Taylor also bears a worthy and constructive part, and he is numbered among the broadly useful citizens of Pittsfield, his name also bearing distinct significance to present-day progress throughout Berkshire County. Mr. Taylor is a son of Henry Seeley (see preceding biography) and Fannie M. (Davis) Taylor, esteemed residents of Pittsfield in a day now gone by.

Frank Davis Taylor was born in Lenox, Massachusetts, January 20, 1853. The family removing to Pittsfield when he was two years off age, his education was begun in the public schools of this city, and from boyhood he was interested in the clothing establishment of which his father was the founder. Mr. Taylor was received into the firm in 1876, his father retiring at that time from active participation in its progress. Mr. Taylor’s brother, Henry A. Taylor, also took a share in the interest, but his death in 1885 left Frank Davis Taylor the sole owner of the enterprise, and he has since been at the head. His period of independent activity thus spans nearly fifty years, and at this time Mr. Taylor has become one of the most noteworthy and respected business men of Pittsfield. The interest was founded by Henry Seeley Taylor in 1855, and is today the oldest business of its kind in Berkshire County, having existed for nearly seventy years. Frank Davis Taylor, as a leading business executive of Pittsfield, stands among the foremost men of this city, and his commercial prominence gave him, many years ago, an influential position in the local world of finance. He has long been a director of the Pittsfield National Bank, and a leader in many phases of community interests. Fraternally, Mr. Taylor is affiliated with Crescent Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Berkshire Council, Royal Arch Masons, and Berkshire Commandery, Knights Templar.

Frank Davis Taylor married Virginia Stallman, and they have three children:

  1. Margaret.
  2. Frances, who is the wife of L. H. Whitney; their three children are:
    1. Virginia,
    2. Elizabeth
    3. Margaret.
  3. John S., who married Elizabeth Dodd, and their three children are:
    1. Elizabeth,
    2. Frank
    3. C. Virginia.



Lockwood, John H. (John Hoyt); Bagg, Ernest Newton; Carson, Walter S. (Walter Scott); Riley, Herbert E. (Herbert Elihu); Boltwood, Edward; Clark, Will L. (Will Leach); Western Massachusetts A History 1636-1925; New York and Chicago: Lewis historical publishing company, inc., 1926

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