Henry Kirby Taylor
|Henry Kirby Taylor|
10 August 1858|
Vanceburg, Kentucky, USA
|Died||21 January 1934
Arlington, Texas, USA
|Alma mater||MA Kentucky Wesleyan|
Northwest Missouri State University
University of Texas at Arlington
Taylor was born in Vanceburg, Kentucky.
Taylor earned a master's degree from Kentucky Wesleyan and was the school's president from 1906 to 1909.
Taylor was president of Northwest from 1909 to 1913.
After Taylor arrived at Northwest, his predecessor Homer Martien Cook continued living in the President's house for four months, so the school had two de facto presidents during this period.
Taylor 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.
Other highlights included:
- 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.
Taylor 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.
Taylor left the school to join the faculty at Texas Women's University and later Southern Methodist University. He died in Arlington on January 21, 1934 and is buried in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park Fort Worth, Texas. 
- A HISTORY OF METHODISM BE1NG A VOLUME SUPPLEMENTAL TO "A HISTORY OF METHODISM" BY HOLLAND N. McTYEIRE, D.D. - Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church South - Nashville - 1916
- DR. HENRY KIRBY TAYLOR, 1909–1913 - nwmissouri.edu - Retrieved October 3, 2009
- Timeline 1874–1919 - nwmissouri.edu
- Portrait of a UTA family - UTA Magazine - Spring/Summer 2001 - uta.edu
Homer Martien Cook
|President of the Northwest Missouri State University