Carl Cleveland Taylor was born in Iowa on December 16, 1884. He taught college-level economics and sociology and in 1933 was appointed sociologist with the Subsistence Homesteads Division of the United States Department of the Interior. He was regional director with the Land Policy Section of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, 1934-1935. Later he was chief of the Division of Farm Population and Rural Welfare, Bureau of Agricultural Economics, United
States Department of Agriculture. He spent a year of research in rural sociology in Argentina with the State Department, 1942-1943. He was a member of the American Country Life Association, the American Sociological Society, and the Rural Sociology Society. He was a joint author on many surveys, and wrote
The Social Survey - Its History and Method, 1919;
Economics and Social Conditions of North Carolina Farmers, 1923;
Rural Sociology, 1926;
Human Relations, 1927;
The People of the Drought States (with Conrad Taeuber); and
Disadvantaged Classes in American Agriculture (with Helen Wheeler and E.L. Kirkpatrick).