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William Martin Taylor
Full Name: William Martin Taylor
Date of birth: April 17, 1817
Date of death: September 21, 1871

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 12 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (1) (2) (3) (4)   6th (5) (6) (7)     Crockett / Houston   Anderson, Houston
(1) Democrat. Civilian and Gazette Weekly, 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(2) Listed in "Senators holding over: Democrats." Civilian and Gazette Weekly(Galveston, Tex.), 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) 7th Legislature, 11/2/1857, pp. 1, 4. Holdover Senator, listed in "The roll of Senators then being called, the following Senators answered to their names. . ." Senate Journal.
(4) 7th Legislature - listed in "large cadre of returning senators," p. 276. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(5) 6th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/5/1855, p. 2. Included in "roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment being called by Districts, the following Senators appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
(6) 6th Legislature - "The Know-Nothings claimed to have won 11 of 33 seats in the Senate in 1855. Although only 5 - John Caldwell, William H. Martin, William M. Taylor, James W. Flanagan, and Elisha E. Lott - can be positively identified . . .", p. 258. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(7) Know-Nothing party, p. 262 - "The aspirations of William M. Taylor had apparently collapsed with those of his party; he was a Know-Nothing . . ." The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 193-194. Born 1817 in Lancaster, Ohio, died 9/23/1871 in Baltimore. The History of Houston County, Texas, 1943.
  • Biographical sketch, Hon. William M. Taylor, Volume III, p. 1114. Born 1817 in Lancaster, Ohio; in 1850, married Isabella A. Moore, niece of General Sam Houston. A History of Texas and Texans, 1914.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, "William Martin Taylor: Father of the Texas Masonic Ritual," Summer 2019, pp. 11-13. Birth date 4/17/1817, death date 9/21/1871; State Senator representing Anderson and Houston counties. Texas Freemason.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Texas State Troops, Brigadier General, District 11. William M. Taylor. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Brigadier General of the Texas State Troops, 1861, pp. 58-59. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Other Resources
  • William M. Taylor, death date 9/21/1871 in Baltimore, Maryland, interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Crockett, Houston County, Texas. Find a Grave.
  • Committee Informationtop
    7th R.S. - 1857
    Enrolled Bills (Chair) 
    Judiciary  
    Penitentiary  
    Printing and Contingent Expenses  
    Public Lands  
    Tax Laws and Payment of Taxes Upon Real Estate  
    6th R.S. - 1855
    Education  
    Judicial Districts, Select  
    Judiciary  
    Land Titles West of Nueces River, Select  
    Printing and Contingent Expenses  
     

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