George Taylor

Until the 19th century, the majority of immigrants to America came as slaves or indentured servants—about 75% of the English and 60% of the German immigrants were indentured arrivals to Pennsylvania in colonial times. George Taylor was one of them. Born in Ireland in 1716, the son of a minister, he arrived in Pennsylvania penniless at the age of twenty, and bound to an ironmonger. He rose from coal shoveler to clerk and worked off his indenture.