Taylor in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Birthplace of Governor Dan Moody
(June 1, 1893-May 22, 1966)
A crusader for integrity in public office. Born in Taylor, Williamson County; son of Daniel and Nancy Elizabeth Robertson Moody. At 16 entered University of Texas, where he completed law school. After World War I service, won election to the office of county attorney, then an appointment by Governor Pat Neff to District Attorney, Travis and Williamson counties.
Won statewide notice for prosecutions of Ku Klux Klansmen in notorious flogging cases, and was urged by friends to run for Attorney General of Texas.
He won this office, and served 1925–1927 in an era of alleged corruption. Moving to halt kickbacks on highway contracts, he recovered for Texas hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 1926 ran for governor on his record as Attorney General, and was elected.
Inaugurated when he was 33, he was youngest man ever to take oath for that office. During his terms, 1927–1931, Texans’ faith in their state government was restored. Great reforms were made in the State Highway Department and state penitentiary system.
After retirement from the governor’s office, he practiced law, and was appointed
He married Mildred Paxton; they had two children.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 9304.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
Location. 30° 34.519′ N, 97° 24.671′ W. Marker is in Taylor, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker is on West 9th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 W 9th St, Taylor TX 76574, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Taylor Public Schools (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Christian Church of Taylor (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Taylor (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Tenth Street United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. James Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Bill Pickett (approx. 0.3 miles away); City of Taylor (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tex Avery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Taylor.
Also see . . .
1. Handbook of Texas Online - Governor Dan Moody. (Submitted on September 11, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
2. Governor Dan Moody. Williamson County Historical Commission (Submitted on March 24, 2018, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,597 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on March 24, 2018, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.