J. Will Taylor

James Willis "Will" Taylor ( * August 28, 1880 in Lead Mine Bend, Union County, Tennessee, † November 14, 1939 in La Follette, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1919 and 1939 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Will Taylor attended the public schools of his home and the Holbrook Normal College in Fountain City. He then studied at the American Temperance University in Harriman. After this course Taylor worked for several years as a teacher. After studying law at Cumberland University in Lebanon and its made ​​in 1902 admitted to the bar he began in La Follette to work in his new profession. Politically, Taylor was a member of the Republican Party. From 1904 to 1906 he served as postmaster in La Follette. Between 1910 and 1913, and again from 1918 to 1919 he was mayor of that city. In the years 1913 and 1914, he was insurance commissioner of Tennessee. In his party he was in 1917 and 1918 State Chairman over the years.

In the congressional elections of 1918, Taylor was in the second electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Richard W. Austin on March 4, 1919. After ten elections he could remain until his death on November 14, 1939 in Congress. From 1923 to 1927 he was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his time as a congressman of the 18th, the 19th, the 20th and the 21st Amendment to the Constitution were adopted there. Since 1933 to 1939, most of the New Deal legislation of the Federal Government were adopted under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Congress, where Taylor's party but rather opposed to standing.

After Taylor's death, his party colleague John Jennings was elected to succeed him at the due election.