In 1895, after graduating the University of Minnesota Law Department and being admitted to the bar, Benjamin Taylor moved to Mankato, where he practiced for most of the next twenty-four years. Except for the first four years when he was in partnership with George Fletcher, a lawyer in Minneapolis, he practiced alone.
Like other lawyers at this time, he was active in the affairs of his community. He was a member of the library board, several fraternal and social organizations and the state bar association. He was an officer of a local bank and, by appointment of the federal court, U. S. Commissioner for the Mankato district. He was a staunch Republican.
He died after a lengthy illness on December 1, 1919, almost 48 years old. At his funeral, he was eulogized: "In every movement of civic betterment he represented and was a leader of the forces that make for righteousness. Fearlessly he took the side of the right regardless of whether for the time it was the winning side."