Son of William P "Buck" Taylor whose death marked the probable beginning of the Sutton-Taylor Feud. For eleven years he served as Kimble County Sheriff. In 1917 he was appointed a Texas Ranger by Governor William P Hobby. In 1967 the Texas Historical Survey Commission and the Texas Law Enforcement's Youth Development Foundation placed an "outstanding law officer's historical marker" at his grave site.
Grandson of Josiah Taylor and grandnephew of Creed Taylor, Indian fighters who took part in Banderas Pass, 1841. Born at Clinton, Texas; in 1889 he moved to Kimble County to begin ranching with an uncle. In 1898 he became sheriff. His six terms included critical period of 1902 land rush. He was appointed Texas Ranger Captain in 1917 by Governor W. P. Hobby; he served ten years, chiefly at Ranger, Brownsville, and Borger.