James Taylor (James Willis Taylor)

James Taylor

James Willis Taylor (August 28, 1880 – November 14, 1939) was a U.S. Representative from Tennessee. James Taylor was born near Lead Mine Bend in Union County, Tennessee, Taylor was the son of James W. and Sarah Elizabeth (Rogers) Taylor. He attended the public schools, Holbrook Normal College, Fountain City, Tennessee, and the American Temperance University, Harriman, Tennessee. Taylor taught school for several years, and was graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1902. He was admitted to the bar the same year. Having moved to La Follette, Tennessee, Taylor commenced the practice of law. He served as postmaster at La Follette from 1904 to 1909. He was also mayor from 1910 to 1913, and in 1918 and 1919. He was Insurance commissioner for the State of Tennessee in 1913 and 1914 and chairman of the Republican State executive committee in 1917 and 1918. James Taylor was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1919, until his death. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses). He served as member of the Republican National Executive Committee 1929-1939. James Taylor died in La Follette, Tennessee, November 14, 1939 (age 59 years, 78 days). He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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  • Woodlawn Cemetery
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