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Robert H. Taylor Robert H. Taylor
Full Name: Robert H. Taylor
Date of birth: July 5, 1825
Date of death: May 10, 1889

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 19 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (1) (2)   Unaffiliated Bonham / Fannin   Fannin
H 4 Nov 7, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th (3) (4)     Bonham / Fannin   Fannin
S 3 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 7, 1859 6th (9) (10)   7th (5) (6) (7) (8)     Bonham / Fannin   Fannin, Hunt
H 4 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th     Bonham / Fannin   Fannin
H 24 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th     Bonham / Fannin   Cooke, Fannin, Grayson

(1) Republican, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Independent. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
(3) [In late 1860 and early 1861] legislators Micajah Lewis Armstrong, John L. Haynes, and Robert H. Taylor mailed circulars to their constituencies defending their unpopular Unionist positions." "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 447. Journal of Southern History.
(4) Included on list of leaders of the Texas Constitutional Union Party in 1860. The party was formed in January of 1860. "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 238, 256-262. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
(5) Robert H. Taylor of Fannin, pp. 69, 96, 155. American (Know-Nothing) State Convention, January 21-22, 1856, in Austin (Delegate to National Convention); Radical Union Caucus, March 1866; Republican State Convention, August 19-20, 1873, in Dallas (Nominee for Lt. Governor). Platforms of Political Parties in Texas, 1916.
(6) Listed in "Senators holding over: Opposition." Civilian and Gazette. Weekly. (Galveston, Texas), 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(7) 7th Legislature - Roll of Senators (holdover Senator), 11/2/1857, pp. 1, 4. Senate Journal.
(8) 7th Legislature - Listed in "large cadre of returning senators," p. 276. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(9) 6th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats, 11/5/1855, p. 2. Senate Journal.
(10) Included "[a]mong 1855 legislators that this writer has positively identified as Know Nothings." The party was active in Texas at the state level between 1855 and 1857. "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414, 416-417. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Robert H. Taylor, burial in Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham, Fannin County; grave marker, biographical sketch, and Dallas Morning News reprinted obituary, 5/11/1889, Col. R.H. Tayler. Find a Grave.
  • TAYLOR, ROBERT H. (1825-1889). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, History of Fannin County, Texas. . . "Before the war, he was a whig and strong Unionist, after the war, an active republican." HeritageQuest Online.
  • Biographical sketch and portraits, "The remarkable life and times of Bonham native Robert H. Taylor," Tim Davis, 6/26/2007. North Texas e-News.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait. Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 257-258. Elected as an Independent. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 261 - attorney, native of South Carolina. Confirms legislative sessions served; also served as Comptroller, and judge of Eighth District, ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor in 1873. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Military Service Notes
  • John C. Hays' 1st Regiment of Texas Volunteers, Captain, Company B, Mexican War. Confederate States Army, Colonel, 22nd Texas Cavalry. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Robert H. Taylor. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 27, 118. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned in "'Blessed with Peace!' War's Bitter Aftermath," pp. 102-136. Brush Men and Vigilantes: Civil War Dissent in Texas, 2000.
  • Mentioned in account of secession debates and vigilantism in the Sulphur Forks watershed counties of East Texas, pp. 35-41. Brush Men and Vigilantes: Civil War Dissent in Texas, 2000.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Robert H. Taylor, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature
  • Committee Informationtop
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Indian Affairs  
    Internal Improvements (Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Penal Code, Select  
    8th R.S. - 1859
    Joint Indian Affairs (Chair) 
    Stock and Stock Raising  
    7th R.S. - 1857
    Indian Affairs  
    Printing and Contingent Expenses  
    Public Lands  
    State Affairs  
    6th R.S. - 1855
    Judicial Districts, Select  
    Land Office  
    Land Titles West of Nueces River, Select  
    Printing and Contingent Expenses  
    Private Land Claims (Chair) 
    5th R.S. - 1853
    Engrossed Bills  
    Judicial Districts  
    Privileges and Elections  
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Adjutant General's Office, Select  
    Peters' Colony, Governor's Message, Select  
    Post Office and Department of State, Examine  
    Privileges and Elections  

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