“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Horace Dickinson Taylor


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By Brian Anderson, December 8, 2017
1. Horace Dickinson Taylor Marker
Inscription. At the age of 17 Horace Dickinson Taylor left his native Massachusetts with his brother, Edward, after the sudden death of their parents. They settled in Independence, Texas, in 1838, and in 1848 the Taylor brothers moved to Houston where they established a cotton business. Horace became sole owner of the business in 1850 and soon thereafter bought a warehouse near a steamboat landing on Buffalo Bayou. From this strategic location he could roll cotton down to boats waiting below and within a short time developed a thriving cotton brokerage enterprise.

Horace married Emily Baker in 1852. They reared three sons and two daughters here on their 3.5 acre wooded homesite. Taylor became one of the city's influential citizens, serving as alderman in 1861-1862, mayor in 1866, and as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church.

Buffalo Bayou, neglected during the Civil War, was dredged during Taylor's term as mayor, effectively re-establishing commerce to the Gulf. The bayou soon became the lifeline of Houston businesses, allowing the city to successfully compete with Galveston for trade. Taylor, who was one of the founders of the Board of Trade and Cotton Exchange in 1874, continued in the cotton business until his death.
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10787.)
Location. 29° 45.834′ N, 95° 21.905′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Preston Street west of Smith Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in Sesquicentennial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hogg Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Auditorium Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Magnolia Brewery Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Kennedy Bakery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Market Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas William House (approx. ¼ mile away); 1928 Democratic National Convention (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Categories. Notable Persons
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on April 25, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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