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Taylor, Leila Sarah (1854-1923), Shaker author, poet, and associate eldress  

Stephen J. Paterwic

Taylor, Leila Sarah (11 December 1854–29 June 1923), Shaker author, poet, and associate eldress, was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, the daughter of Wesley Taylor, a homeopathic physician, and Sarah Moore. She attended Boston University during the early 1870s and studied English. For two decades she taught high school classes in various Connecticut Valley towns, including Springfield. In 1893 she was elected a teacher in Wayland, a distant suburb of Boston. When the new Wayland Center School opened in 1897, she became the principal and helped teach high school and the upper grammar school grades....