Biography of Taylor Crum of Fargo, North Dakota

Taylor Crum, born in Candor, New York, in 1850, is a distinguished lawyer in Fargo, North Dakota. Of German, Scotch, and Irish descent, he graduated with honors from the State Normal School in Oswego and the University of Rochester. Crum moved to Fargo in 1881, initially serving as the principal of Fargo schools before starting his law practice in 1884. Renowned for his dedication to clients, he has a wide-ranging clientele. A Republican and noted orator, Crum has been active in politics. He was married to Helen Bixby, and they had four children, three of whom survived: Solon, Paul, and Leon.

Taylor Crum
Taylor Crum

It is said of Mr. Taylor Crum by the Fargo Forum that, after practicing at the bar for over twenty years, he has never neglected the interests of a client, and that during all that time he has won for the majority of these clients the contentions for which they sought.

Mr. Crum is a native of Candor, New York, and was born in 1850. He is of German, Scotch and Irish descent and is the son of McDonough Crum, who was a prominent farmer. He was educated at the State Normal School, at Oswego, New York, where he graduated with honors, and at the University of Rochester, New York.

Like many young men of the eastern states Mr. Crum was attracted by the many opportunities offered in the great Northwest, and in 1881 located in Fargo. For two years he was principal of the Fargo schools, giving satisfaction to the people generally. In 1884 he began the practice of law in Fargo, and has a large and lucrative clientele. He was in the Civil War and enjoys the experience of having served a few days, being a soldier without having been enlisted.

Mr. Crum was married in 1876 to Helen Bixby, who died in 1886. They were granted four children, three of whom survive, as follows : Solon Crum, a dentist, practicing his profession in Fargo; Paul Crum, a lawyer, also practicing his profession in North Dakota, and Leon Crum, an engraver in California.

Mr. Crum is a Republican and is voted as one of the leading orators of the Northwest. He has been prominent in politics, having served as secretary of the campaign committee and having frequently been sent as a delegate to state conventions. Mr. Crum owns a beautiful residence in Fargo and is in possession of a clientele that is state wide.


C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.

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