TAYLOR, HANNIS, 1851-1922


Attorney, legal¬†educator, diplomat, writer. Born– Sept. 12, 1851 in New Bern, N. C. Parents– Richard Nixon and Susan (Stevenson) Taylor. Married– Lenora Le Baron, May 8, 1878. Children– Five. Education– attended Lovejoy’s School for Boys;¬†the University of North Carolina; studied law in Mobile with firm of Anderson and Bond; admitted to bar, 1869; practiced before Alabama Supreme Court (1872) and U.S. Supreme Court (1885). First position was as solicitor for Baldwin Co., Ala.; served several times as president of Alabama Bar Association; taught law at George Washington University in 1892; minister to Spain during the second Cleveland administration, 1893-1897; special U.S. counsel in the Alaskan Boundary claims case, 1903; before Spanish Treaty Claims Commission, 1904. Received several honorary doctorates. Died December 26, 1922.


Baldwin County Genealogical Trails website.

Owen’s Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Vol. IV.


Cicero, a Sketch of His Life and Works. Chicago; A.C. McClurg, 1918.

A Comparative Study of Roman and English Law in the Old World and the New. New Orleans; L. Graham and Son, 1899.

The Constitutional Crisis in Great Britain…. Concord, N.H.; The Rumford Press, 1910.

Due Process of Law and the Equal Protection of the Laws…. Chicago; Callaghan and Co., 1917.

The Freedom of the Press. Washington, D.C.; Judd, 1892.

Jurisdiction and Procedure of the Supreme Court of the United States. Rochester; The Lawyer’s Co-operative Pub. Co., 1905.

Legitimate Functions of Judge-Made Law. Richmond; E. Waddey Co., 1905.

A Memorial in Behalf of the Architect of Our Federal Constitution, Pelatiah Webster of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1908.

The Origin and Growth of the American Constitution. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1911.

The Origin and Growth of the English Constitution. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1889.

The Real Authorship of the Constitution of the United States Explained. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1912.

Rule of Treaty Construction. Washington, D.C.; Government Printing Office, 1913.

The Science of Jurisprudence…. New York; Macmillan, 1908.

A Treatise on International Public Law. Chicago; Callaghan and Co., 1901.


A collection of the papers of Hannis Taylor is held by the special collections department of the Bounds Law Library at the University of Alabama.