James Edward Taylor

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James E.
June 26, 1906
October 13, 1995

Estelle F.
November 20, 1903
March 8, 1999

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James E. Taylor
Major General, United States Army
Commanding General, Texas 36th Division Field Artillery
Awarded Silver Star in September, 1943 for Gallantry in Action
Awarded Bronze Star in August, 1944 for Heroism in Ground Combat
Awarded the French Croix De Guerre
Mayor, Kerns, Texas
Member, Texas House of Representatives from 1939 to 1942
Senator, Texas Senate from 1945 to 1949
Chairman, Gilmer-Aiken "Citizens Committee on Education"
Adjutant General of Texas, 1961
Full Name: James Edward Taylor
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:H  Number:12
Reason for Eligibility: Member, Texas House of Representatives; Member, Texas Senate; Adjutant General of Texas 
Birth Date: June 26, 1906 
Died: October 13, 1995 
Burial Date: October 16, 1995 

TAYLOR, JAMES EDWARD (1906 ~ 1995). The following is an obituary for James Edward Taylor which was printed in the October 14, 1995 edition of the Austin American-Statesman.

"James Edward Taylor, Major General, Retired, died October 13, 1995, in Austin, Texas. General Taylor was born in San Marcos, Texas in 1906. He was educated at San Marcos Academy and received his degree from Baylor University in 1927.

After college and prior to World War II, he was the publisher and editor of weekly newspapers in Kerens and Corsicana, Texas. He served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives in 1939 and 1941 and three terms in the Texas Senate in 1945, 1947, and 1949.

In 1938 General Taylor enlisted in the Kerens 'E' Battery, 132nd Filed Artillery, Texas National Guard as a private. In November of 1940, he entered the armed services with the 36th Infantry Division and was mobilized as a Second Lieutenant. He served with the 36th Division throughout World War II and was in North Africa, Italy and France, participating in the landings at Salerno, Anzio and Southern France. He advanced in rank from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the 131st Field Artillery Battalion throughout the Italian and Southern France campaigns. He was decorated three times, holding the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre.

After the war he served three sessions in the Texas Senate (1945, 1947 and 1949). During this period the Texas National Guard was undergoing reorganization and then Lieutenant Colonel Taylor became the Executive Officer of the 36th Division Artillery. In 1947, he was promoted to Colonel and in 1948 he became the Chief of Staff of the 36th. In February of 1953 he was made Commanding General of the 36th Division Artillery and promoted to Brigadier General. This position he held until his appointment as Adjutant General of Texas and promotion to Major General.

In 1948 General Taylor headed the Gilmer-Aikin 'Citizens Committee on Education.' In the opinion of most observers of the progress of educational reform in Texas, from the creation of the interim committee to study the problem through the final enactment of the Gilmer-Aiken bills, Senator Taylor more than any other person deserves credit for the success of the program. The purpose of such program being a good education for all kinds and classes of children. He was vice-chairman of the University of Texas 'Committee of 75' and a member of Texas A&M University 'Century Coucil.'

The Texas State Teachers Association honored him with a lifetime membership in that organization in 1949 for his contributions to public education. General Taylor resigned from the Senate in 1949 to assume the leadership of Texas Motor Transportation Association. He headed the truck and bus organization for eighteen years. From 1967 to 1990 he acted as a consultant to the industry and other state associations.

General Taylor is a past president and director of the Texas Society of Association Executives. In 1975 he was named TSAE's 'Outstanding Executive.' He is a 'Certified Association Executive' of the American Society of Association Executives and in 1967 received their Key Award for distinguished service. He is a life member of Sigma Delta Chi, professional journalism society. He is a past president of the 36th Division Association, an organization of veterans of the Texas National Guard who served in World War I and II. He was a Scottish Rite Mason KCCH and Shriner, past president of his Men's Downtown Bible Class of the First Baptist Church and past president of Austin Rotary Club.

General Taylor is survived by his wife of sixty eight years, Estelle Foster Taylor; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Walter Wendlandt; grandsons, James, Cavitt and Bill Wendlandt; great grandchildren, Michael, Callie, Catherine and Shea Wendlandt.

Services, 10:00 am, Monday, October 16, 1995 at Weed Corley Fish Funeral Home with Dr. Browning Ware officiating. Graveside services to follow at the Texas State Cemetery. Pallbearers, General Ross Ayers, Tommy and Bill Taylor, James, Cavitt and Bill Wendlandt."

Further information available through the Texas State Cemetery research department.


#9053) Served in the House during the 39th-41st sessions. Served in the State Senate during the 45th, 47th, and 49th sessions. Served as Adjutant General in 1961.
Entered by Administrator on 2/1/1998 12:11:47 PM

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