Near Jefferson in Cass County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Dr. M.D.K. Taylor
Texas Confederate Legislator
— (1818 - 1897) —
Alabama physician. Came to Texas, 1847. Served Cass County in Texas House and Senate for 24 years. Was called the Ablest Parliamentarian of his time.
Served as one of the Speakers of Texas House of Representatives in critical Civil War years, 1861-65. Legislators passed laws to raise equip and supply 90,000 Texas Soldiers who fought on all fronts and provided for defense of state's 2000 mile frontier and coast against Indians, enemy troops and ships.
As naval blockade reduced imports, the legislature established plants to make guns, powder, cloth, salt. Contracts, subsidies and land grants were provided to encourage private industry to help meet heavy wartime demands for arms, supplies, clothing, food.
Taylor and the other lawmakers taxed property and business and required farmers to turn in tithes of produce to meet the crisis. Funds were voted to buy cotton for state exchange for goods in Mexico; to aid soldiers' dependents; and to provide hospitals and medical care for troops -- in and out of state.
The legislature was in almost continuous session. Poor pay and inflated Confederate money caused many
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 9833.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil.
Location. 32° 52.917′ N, 94° 21.576′ W. Marker is near Jefferson, Texas, in Cass County. Marker is on U.S. 59 0.2 miles south of County Highway 1641-A, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jefferson TX 75657, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jefferson (approx. 7.4 miles away); Kellyville (approx. 7.4 miles away); Early Bell Foundry (approx. 7.7 miles away); John M. Vines (approx. 8 miles away); Richard Waterhouse (approx. 8 miles away); First Ice Factory in Texas (approx. 8.2 miles away); Civil War Meat Packing Plant (approx. 8.3 miles away); Torrans-Clopton-Spellings House (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jefferson.
Regarding Dr. M.D.K. Taylor. Parliamentarians serve as nonpartisan advisors on questions about legislative rules and practice. Though they are most often seen advising the presiding member, their services are available to all representatives and senators.
Also see . . . Marion DeKalb Taylor. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on November 24, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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