Edward Crowell Taylor (August 6, 1822 – September 13, 1887), the first Worshipful Master of Hightstown Lodge #41, was born in New York City and moved to Highstown with his parents when he was twelve years old. He found work in farming at a young age and pursued it until he was 27, at which time he entered the printing business.
He bought into the local newspaper, The Village Record, assuming the ownership stake held by James S. Yard, the lodge’s first Senior Warden. After a few highly successful years of publishing the paper, Taylor sold his interest and moved to Toms River. There he bought another local newspaper, the Ocean Signal, and renamed it the Ocean Emblem. He found success running the paper for two years before returning to Hightstown.
Taylor held principal positions in the Central National Bank of Hightstown and at the time of his death was on the board of directors of the First National Bank. For many years, he was superintendent of the Universalist Church Sunday school, and at his death was considered one of the town’s wealthiest citizens.
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