Sunday, August 11, 2013

"Judge Says Firearms Alone Keep Men from Being Oppressed."


Judge Says Firearms Alone Keep Men from Being Oppressed.

   Cleveland, Ohio. "There is more democracy wrapped up in a musket than in all the oratorical and academical platitudes ever spoken,' declared Judge Robert W. Tayler* of the United States court, before a large gathering in Trinity Cathedral here.

   The Judge declared that as men were not born equal intellectually or physically the majority had been able to escape the rule of the brainier minority only by the development of firearms.

   "Free government Is not wholly due to an ethical sense of Justice," he said. "Man has always yearned for it, but he never could have it until he could get It and keep it by resort to arms. Physical potentiality is the main thing, after all."

[The Citizen, Honesdale, Wayne Co., PA., Friday, April 01, 1910. 67th Year. No. 26 Pg. 2]
* - Robert Walker Tayler, Nov. 20, 1852 – Nov. 25, 1910, was a United States federal judge. Tayler attended the public schools and received an A.B. from Western Reserve College in 1872 and taught in the high school in New Lisbon (now Lisbon), Ohio. He was superintendent of schools from 1873 to 1875, and editor of the Buckeye State in New Lisbon from 1875 to 1876. Tayler read law to enter the bar in 1877. He was in private practice in East Liverpool, Ohio from 1877 to 1880. He was a Prosecuting attorney of Columbiana County, Ohio from 1880 to 1885, thereafter returning to private practice in Lisbon, Ohio until 1890, then in New York City until 1892, and again in Lisbon, Ohio until 1895.

   Tayler was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1895 to March 3, 1903 as the Representative for Ohio's 18th congressional district. He was chairman of the Committee on Elections from the Fifty-fifth through Fifty-seventh Congresses. He declined to be a candidate in 1902 for renomination, instead returning to private practice in Youngstown, Ohio from 1903 to 1905.

   On January 6, 1905, Tayler was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio vacated by Francis Joseph Wing. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 10, 1905, and received his commission the same day. Tayler moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and served on the court until his death in that city, in 1910.

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