Vocationally I'm an academic, a historian who specializes in the history of Colonial and Revolutionary America; but really my main job is grading undergraduate papers. Currently I'm on sabbatical in the beautiful Piedmont of Virginia, which is my second favorite place on earth, after the tidal coasts of the Delaware Bay, where I was born and raised.
My name isn't really Robert Barraud Taylor; he was a Federalist from Norfolk, Virginia, a man of great principle and courage. A display about him at the Virginia Historical Society notes that "Although opposed to the War of 1812, as brigadier general of militia Taylor organized the successful defense of Norfolk against the British. Widely respected, he was chosen to represent Norfolk in the state constitutional convention of 1829–30 but resigned because he could not, in good conscience, follow the wishes of his Tidewater constituents on the issue of fair representation for Virginia's western counties." Taylor believed in equal representation; his constituents wanted to skew representation in favor of the eastern counties, and rather than compromise or vote against their wished, he resigned.
I want my sons, when I have them, to be like Robert Barraud Taylor.