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Tuesday, January 23, 2018



THE profession of the law has many and varied applications, and like other professions tends to specialization as the va- r.ed lines of commerce and industry create their appropriate legal problems. Thus the peculiar conditions of maritime commerce and industry have legal angles which invite the attention of lawyers who specialize in admiralty and maritime law.

One of the best known of these practising at the New York bar is Willard U. Taylor, of 65 Wall Street, who is not only a specialist in admiralty and corporation law, but is also financially and in an executive capacity identified with a number of incorporations connected with shipbuilding, marine equipment and other shipping activities.

Mr. Taylor was born in Lyons, N. Y., July 19, 1868, the son of William and Mary Morgan (Un- derhill) Taylor. After a sound preliminary education he entered Cornell University, from which he was graduated in 1891, with the degree of Ph.B. He then entered the New York Law School, and was graduated with the degree of LL.B. in 1893, since which time he has practised in New York City. He is a member of the law firm of MacFarland, Taylor & Costello, and he makes a specialty of the practice of admiralty and commercial law. He is constantly consulted in connection with the organization of corporations, and especially with those which pertain to marine interests, and he is identified from the legal side with many negotiations and legal proceedings in connection with shipping and related interests.

He brings to work of this kind the benefit of long and familiar experience, and a sound knowledge of the law, administrative regulations, decisions and precedents governing maritime matters.

Outside of his legal connections he is associated with a number of important corporations connected with shipbuilding, shipping timbering and export. These interests, so far as they have to do with production, are largely located in the South, with the commercial and financial ends in New York. He is president and a director of the Apex Equipment Company, the Brunswick Marine Construction Corporation of Brunswick, Ga., and 17 Battery Place, New York, the Apex Navigation Company, Atlantic Timberland Corporation and the Equipment Corporation, and he is secretary and director of the Mercantile Corporation of New York.

The Brunswick Marine Construction Corporation was organized to engage in the building of wood and steel vessels. It has fully equipped yards and marine shops in connection at Brunswick, Georgia, and has built a number of wooden vessels, and at present is turning out steel freighters of medium capacity.

The Apex Equipment Company and the Apex Navigation Company are closely affiliated with lumbering operations in the South, which are engaged in the cutting of railroad ties, which are sent to fill orders from railroads at various domestic points as designated or shipped on export orders on some wooden vessels owned by the Apex Navigation Company.

The export business in this line has developed to an important degree, due to the large amount of railroad building and reconstruction incident to the war and its results.

Mr. Taylor has given a good deal of attention to the utilization of the timber resources of the Atlantic Coast region of the South, and has been identified with numerous transactions connected with the acquirement of these properties. In this connection he took a leading part in the organization and incorporation of the Atlantic Timber- land Company, of which he is the president, and which has been successful in procuring important tracts of well timbered lands in locations favorable for the cutting out and convenient shipment of timber for sale to shipbuilding and other industrial users of the product.

Mr. Taylor, in addition to his legal attainments, is a business man of ability, and gives efficient executive direction to the various corporations of which he is the head.

He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Maritime Exchange, and New York Historical Society. He is a member of the New York Yacht Club, and Atlantic Yacht Club, and of the Down Town Association, India House and Tankers Club.

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