John May Taylor

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John May Taylor
John May Taylor (Tennessee Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by John Atkins
Succeeded by Benjamin A. Enloe
Personal details
Born May 18, 1838 (1838-05-18)
Lexington, Tennessee
Died February 17, 1911 (1911-02-18) (aged 72)
Lexington, Tennessee
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Amanda McHaney Taylor

Mary Lou Taylor Harmon William McHaney Taylor Nannie Taylor Jesse Taylor Daisy Taylor

John M Taylor
Alma mater

Union University

Cumberland School of Law

Attorney Politician

Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Rank Confederate States of America Major.png Major (CSA)
Unit 27th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War

John May Taylor (May 18, 1838 – February 17, 1911) was a U.S. Representative from Tennessee.


Born in Lexington, Tennessee, Taylor was the son of Jesse and Mary May Taylor. He attended the Male Academy in Lexington and the Union University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1861. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Lexington. He married Amanda McHaney, October 10, 1864, with whom he had eight children.[1]


Taylor enlisted in the Confederate States Army, and was elected first lieutenant in June 1861 and promoted to captain. He was elected major in the Twenty-seventh Tennessee Regiment in 1862.

Taylor served as mayor of Lexington in 1869 and 1870, and in 1870, he served as delegate to the State constitutional convention of Tennessee. He was the Attorney General of the eleventh judicial circuit of Tennessee from 1870 to 1878. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880, and was a member of the State house of representatives in 1881 and 1882.

Elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses, Taylor served from March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1887.[2] He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Forty-ninth Congress). He served as member of the State senate in 1892. He resumed the practice of law. He was appointed judge of the criminal court for the eleventh judicial circuit in 1895 and subsequently elected for a six-year term, serving until the court was abolished.

Taylor was elected in August 1902 as a judge of the court of chancery appeals (name changed to court of civil appeals by the legislature). He was reelected in 1910 for a period of eight years and served until his death.[3]


On February 17, 1911, Taylor died in Lexington, Tennessee. He is interred at Lexington Cemetery.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "John May Taylor". Tennessee Records Repository. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "John May Taylor". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "John May Taylor". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "John May Taylor". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John D. C. Atkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Benjamin A. Enloe