James Edward Taylor

Full Name: James Edward Taylor
Date of birth: June 26, 1906
Date of death: October 13, 1995

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 6 Jan 14, 1947 - Aug 15, 1949 50th   51st (1) (2)   Democrat Kerens / Navarro   Anderson, Freestone, Henderson, Kaufman, Navarro
S 6 Nov 7, 1944 - Jan 14, 1947 48th (3)   49th   Democrat Kerens / Navarro   Anderson, Freestone, Henderson, Kaufman, Navarro
H 58 Jan 14, 1941 - Jan 12, 1943 47th   Democrat Kerens / Navarro   Navarro
H 58 Jan 10, 1939 - Jan 14, 1941 46th   Democrat Kerens / Navarro   Navarro

(1) In Senate, George O. Nokes, Jr., in special election 11/6/1949, sworn 1/31/1950, succeeded James E. Taylor, resigned 8/31/1949. In House, James C. Sewell, in special election 11/8/1949, sworn 1/31/1950, succeeded George O. Nokes, Jr., resigned 8/27/1949. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Taylor resigned 8/15/1949. Texas Legislative Manual.
(3) James E. Taylor, in special election 11/7/1944, succeeded Clay Cotten, died 8/16/1944. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel, World War II. "Two former Texas National Guardsmen who were members of the Texas House of Representatives have risen to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in overseas activities with the American forces. James Taylor of Kerens and John M. Mohrmann of Gonzales both wear silver leaves to designate their present rank." "Officials Get High Ranks," 8/31/1944, p. 4. Lubbock Morning Avalanche.
  • Pictured in uniform in the 49th Senate composite photo and listed as Lt. Col. James E. Taylor. Pictured in uniform in the 47th House composite photo. State Preservation Board. State Preservation Board
  • United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel, Major General. Texas National Guard. Biographical sketch includes full description of World War II and Texas National Guard service, including awards of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the French Croix de Guerre. Inscription on back of headstone: 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. Texas State Cemetery.
  • United States Army, Texas National Guard. Photo and salute. With Honor and Gratitude: A Special Thank You to Our Texas Senate Members Who Served Our Country, 2017.

Other Resources

  • Describes Senator Taylor's involvement in the political and legislative processes through which the Gilmer-Aikins bills became law. Includes senator's article "Texas Moves Forward in Education" reprinted from State Government, January 1950. Gilmer-Aikin Bills: a Study in the Legislative Process, 1950.
  • Photograph, Gilmer-Aikin Bills: a Study in the Legislative Process, 1950.
  • Letter from Major James E. Taylor to Walter H. Beck, 3/2/1944, describing the services of the Texas National Guard unit in Italy during World War II. Vol. 48, No. 2, October 1944, Texas Collection, pp. 281-285. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

51st R.S. - 1949
Commerce and Manufacturing  
Contingent Expenses  
Employees Assignment, Special  
Finance (Chair) 
Game and Fish (Vice Chair) 
Military Affairs  
State Affairs  
Veterans' Affairs  
Water Rights, Irrigation and Drainage  
50th R.S. - 1947
Contingent Expense  
Employees Assignment, Special  
Engrossed Bills  
Finance (Chair) 
Governor's Mansion  
Legislative Audit, Special  
Nominations of Governor  
Oil, Gas and Conservation  
Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special (Chair) 
Rules (Vice Chair) 
State Affairs  
49th R.S. - 1945
Commerce and Manufacturing  
Congressional Districts  
Constitutional Amendments  
Examine Enrolled Copy of HJR 13, Special  
Investigate Natural Gas Resources, Special  
Labor (Chair) 
Military Affairs  
Nominations of the Governor  
Oil, Gas and Conservation  
Rules (Chair) 
State Affairs  
Veterans' Affairs  
47th R.S. - 1941
Constitutional Amendments  
Military Affairs (Chair) 
Public Printing  
Revenue and Taxation (Vice Chair) 
46th R.S. - 1939
Constitutional Amendments  
Game and Fisheries  
House Rules Revision  
Public Printing  
Representation Before the Legislature  
Social Security Program Financing, Special  
State Affairs  
Stream Pollution  

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