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|Size||1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1200 items)|
|Abstract||Walter Frank Taylor was a lawyer; member of the North Carolina Senate, 1921; member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, 1939- 1951; and member of the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees, 1915-1971. Materials, 1958-1973, relating to Taylor's service on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, including files concerning the Speaker Ban episode of 1965 and restructuring the board in the 1960s; files concering Taylor's involvements in the North Carolina General Assembly and some of his other political activities; and a few other items.|
|Creator||Taylor, Walter Frank, 1889-1977.|
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Walter Frank Taylor was born 4 April 1889, in Duplin County, North Carolina. He was educated at the University of North Carolina, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1911, followed by a law degree in 1914. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Phi Society, and Tau Kappa.
Taylor began practicing law in a Goldsboro firm in 1914. Later, as a partner, Taylor built the firm into one of North Carolina's most respected firms - Taylor, Allen, Warren, and Kerr. He served on the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners and was president of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Taylor was also actively involved in North Carolina politics. In 1921, he served as a Democrat in the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 8, Wayne County. From 1933-1938 he was a member of the Goldsboro Board of Aldermen. He represented Wayne County from 1939 to 1951 in the North Carolina House of Representatives, and in 1951 he was elected speaker of the North Carolina House. Taylor was the legislative counsel to Governor William B. Umstead from 1953 to 1954.
In addition to his interest in state politics, Taylor was deeply committed to the University of North Carolina. He served on the Board of Trustees of the University from 1915 until the University was consolidated in 1931. He then served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the consolidated University until its reorganization in 1971. In 1972, he was named to the Institutional Board, an interim board of trustees of the Chapel Hill branch of the University, and served from July 1972 until July 1973. Taylor died 28 September 1977.Back to Top
Materials, 1958-1973, relating to Taylor's service on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, including files concerning the Speaker Ban episode of 1965 and restructuring the board in the 1960s; files concering Taylor's involvements in the North Carolina General Assembly and some of his other political activities; and a few other items.Back to Top
Correspondence, reports, clippings, and memos relating to Taylor's tenure on the Board of Trustees. Executive Committee files include material concerning the Speaker Ban Law, and Hodges Report materials document the restructuring of the Board of Trustees.
Correspondence and reports pertaining to Taylor's tenure on the selection committee of the John Motley Morehead Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, Inc.
Arrangement: Chronological (roughly sorted).
Correspondence, reports, clippings, and other material concerning Taylor's public career in the North Carolina General Assembly as a member of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Also included are items related to his service as a member of the North Carolina Constitutional Commission, 1958, and his service as a consultant to the General Assembly and various governors.
Certificates, correspondence, and obituaries documenting Taylor's involvement in various political, professional, and civic organizations.
Processed by: Connie Cartledge, Marion Presler, September 1986; Roslyn Holdzkom, December 1988
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