TAYLOR, James Willis, (1880 - 1939)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

TAYLOR, James Willis, a Representative from Tennessee; born near Lead Mine Bend, Union County, Tenn., August 28, 1880; attended the public schools, Holbrook Normal College, Fountain City, Tenn., and the American Temperance University, Harriman, Tenn.; taught school for several years; was graduated from the law department of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1902; was admitted to the bar the same year; moved to La Follette, Campbell County, Tenn., and commenced practice; postmaster at La Follette 1904-1909; served as mayor 1910-1913 and in 1918 and 1919; insurance commissioner for the State of Tennessee in 1913 and 1914; chairman of the Republican State executive committee in 1917 and 1918; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1919, until his death; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses); member of the Republican National Executive Committee 1929-1939; died in La Follette, Tenn., November 14, 1939; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.