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John Taber (May 5, 1880 – November 22, 1965) was a New York attorney and politician who was a longtime member of the United States House of Representatives.

John Taber
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Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
Preceded byClarence Cannon
Succeeded byClarence Cannon
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byClarence Cannon
Succeeded byClarence Cannon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 36th district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byR. Walter Riehlman
Succeeded byFrank Horton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 38th district
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byJoseph J. O'Brien
Succeeded byKenneth B. Keating
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 36th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – January 3, 1945
Preceded byNorman J. Gould
Succeeded byClarence E. Hancock
Personal details
Born(1880-05-05)May 5, 1880
Auburn, New York
DiedNovember 22, 1965(1965-11-22) (aged 85)
Auburn, New York
Resting placeFort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Gertrude Johnson Beard
(m. 1929; died 1964)
Children1
Alma materYale University
New York Law School
ProfessionAttorney

BiographyEdit

Taber was born in Auburn, New York on May 5, 1880, the son of attorney and businessman Franklin P. Taber and Mary (Parker) Taber. He attended the public schools of Auburn, and graduated from Auburn High School in 1898. He graduated from Yale University in 1902, and received his law degree from New York Law School in 1904. He attained admission to the bar in November 1914, and commenced practice in Auburn.

Taber represented Auburn's second ward on the Cayuga County Board of Supervisors in 1905 and 1906. From 1910 to 1918, he served as a special judge of the county court. Taber was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1920, 1924, and 1936, and chairman of the Cayuga County Republican Committee from 1920 to 1925. In 1922, he was chosen to serve as president of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce.

He represented New York in the House of Representatives as a Republican from the 68th to the 87th Congresses (March 4, 1923 – January 3, 1963), where he was the chairman of the Committee on Appropriations during the 80th and 83rd Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination to the 88th Congress in 1962.

Taber died in Auburn on November 22, 1965, and was interred at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.

FamilyEdit

In 1929, Taber married Gertrude Johnson Beard (1893-1964), who had been working as his secretary. They were the parents of a son, Charles Beard Taber (1920-1969).

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "John Taber (id: T000001)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • John Taber at Find a Grave

BibliographyEdit

Congressman John Taber of Auburn: Politics and Federal Appropriations, 1923–1962, Cary S. Henderson, Ph.D. dissertation, Duke University, 1964.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Norman J. Gould
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 36th congressional district

1923–1945
Succeeded by
Clarence E. Hancock
Preceded by
Joseph J. O'Brien
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 38th congressional district

1945–1953
Succeeded by
Kenneth B. Keating
Preceded by
R. Walter Riehlman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 36th congressional district

1953–1963
Succeeded by
Frank Horton