Harry Taylor (engineer)
Major General Harry Taylor, Chief of Engineers 1924–1926
|Born||June 26, 1862
Tilton, New Hampshire
|Died||January 27, 1930 (aged 67)
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1884–1926|
|Commands held||Chief Engineer, American Expeditionary Force
Chief of Engineers
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Honor
After serving in engineer offices in Wilmington, North Carolina, and New York City, Taylor served from 1891 to 1900 on fortifications and rivers and harbors construction work in Oregon and Washington. Later he pursued similar work in New England and New York. Transferred to the Philippines, he supervised all fortification work there in 1904–05. Taylor was district engineer in New London, Connecticut, from 1906 to 1911. He then headed the River and Harbor Division in the Office of the Chief of Engineers for five years.
During World War I he served as Chief Engineer, American Expeditionary Forces in France (mid-1917 to mid-1918). In this capacity he supervised the construction of railways, barracks, wharves, and shelters throughout France. Taylor was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the French Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honor).
After serving as Assistant Chief of Engineers six years, he was named Major General, Chief of Engineers, on June 19, 1924. Wilson Dam was completed during his tenure. General Taylor retired June 26, 1926. He died from pneumonia on January 27, 1930, in Washington, D.C., and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1943, the navy transport ship USS General Harry Taylor (AP-145) was named in his honor.
- "Major General Harry Taylor". Portraits and Profiles of Chief Engineers. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. Retrieved 2005-08-26. (Contains public domain text from this source.)
- "General Harry Taylor". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. United States Navy. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-11-02. (Contains public domain text from this source.)
- Media related to Harry Taylor at Wikimedia Commons
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