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Wed, 01.29.1890

Abraham Taylor, Businessman born

Abraham Taylor

*Abraham Taylor was born on this date in 1890. He was a Black businessman, and co-founder of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Abraham Langston Taylor was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Upon completing his education at Howe Institute, Howard University, and Frelinghuysen University, Taylor operated as the first International President of Phi Beta Sigma and was distinguished, poised, and a hard worker. In addition to holding national offices in Phi Beta Sigma, he served in various capacities in The Washington Art Society, The Derby Club, The Banneker Research Society, The Mu-So-Lit Club, and the Tennessee State Club.

The members of the Alpha Sigma chapter called Taylor “Prof,” short for the professor because he was always carrying a book, files, or reading.  Abraham Taylor retired from federal service as an employee of the Smithsonian Institute and died on August 8, 1953. He is buried at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Suitland, Maryland (right outside of Washington, D.C.). His gravesite sits at the highest peak. 


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