Henry Kirby Taylor

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Henry Kirby Taylor (August 10, 1858 – January 21, 1934) was president of Kentucky Wesleyan College, Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Early life[edit]

Taylor was born in Vanceburg, Kentucky.

Kentucky Wesleyan[edit]

He earned a masters degree from Kentucky Wesleyan and was the school's president from 1906 to 1909.[1]

Northwest Missouri[edit]

He was president of Northwest from 1909-1913.

After Taylor arrived at Northwest his predecessor Homer Martien Cook and the school defacto had two presidents for four month with Cook living in the President's house.

He addressed numerous fiscal problems at the young university including paying back salaries to faculty (even though he went without himself). He also settled the squabbles that had halted construction on the Administration Building which opened in December 1910 during his watch.[2]

Other highlights included:[3]

  • The first school newspaper issue in February 1910 (then called the Normal Index).
  • A dispute with Maryville, Missouri resulted in the town cutting off municipal water
  • The opening of a drive through the campus connecting Fourth Street and Seventh Street.

Texas Arlington[edit]

He was president of the Arlington Training School from 1913 to 1916 which became the Arlington Military Academy. Prior to his arrival it was the Carlisle Military Academy and he was attracted to the school because his son-in-law Josiah Jernigan Godbey as head master.

He left the school to join the faculty at Texas Women's University and later Southern Methodist University.[4]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Homer Martien Cook
President of the Northwest Missouri State University
Succeeded by
Ira Richardson