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James Willis "J. Will" Taylor (August 28, 1880 – November 14, 1939) was a U.S. Representative from Tennessee.

James Willis Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1919 – November 14, 1939
Preceded byRichard W. Austin
Succeeded byJohn Jennings, Jr.
Personal details
BornAugust 28, 1880 (1880-08-28)
Union County, Tennessee
DiedNovember 14, 1939 (1939-11-15) (aged 59)
La Follette, Tennessee
Citizenship United States
Political partyRepublican
Alma materAmerican Temperance University, Harriman, Tennessee Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee






Born near Lead Mine Bend in Union County, Tennessee, Taylor was the son of James W. and Sarah Elizabeth (Rogers) Taylor. He attended the public schools, Holbrook Normal College, Fountain City, Tennessee, and the American Temperance University, Harriman, Tennessee.


Taylor taught at school for several years, and was graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1902. He was admitted to the bar the same year.

Having moved to La Follette, Tennessee, Taylor commenced the practice of law. He served as postmaster at La Follette from 1904 to 1909. He was also mayor from 1910 to 1913, and in 1918 and 1919. He was Insurance commissioner for the State of Tennessee in 1913 and 1914 and chairman of the Republican State executive committee in 1917 and 1918.[1]

Taylor was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1919, until his death.[2] He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses). He served as member of the Republican National Executive Committee 1929-1939.


Taylor died in La Follette, Tennessee, November 14, 1939 (age 59 years, 78 days). He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "J. Will Taylor". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  2. ^ "J. Will Taylor". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  3. ^ "J. Will Taylor". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2 May 2013.

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