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army officer

Harry Taylor, American army officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal (United States); Commander Legion of Honor (French).


Taylor, Harry was born on June 26, 1862 in Tilton, New Hampshire, United States. Son of John Franklin and Lydia Taylor.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1884, Engineer School of Application, 1887.


Commissioned Second lieutenant engrs., June 15, 1884. Promoted through grades to major general, June 19, 1924. Engineer duties on Columbia River, and river and harbor works in Oregon and Washington, 1891-1896, in charge defense works, Puget Sound, Washington, 1896-1900.

In Philippines, 1903. Commanded 3d Batln. Engineers, in P.I., 1904. Engineer officer Department of Luzon, 1903-1904.

Fortification construction, 1904-1905. In charge defenses of eastern entrance Long Island Sound and various improvements, 1906-1911. Assistant to chief of engrs., War Department, 1911-1916.

In charge river and harbor works New York Harbor, Hudson River and Lake Champlain, department engineer Eastern Department, Governors Island, 1916-1917. Chief engineer American Expeditionary Force in France, May 1917-September 1918. Appointed assistant chief of engrs.

United States of America, September 1918, and chief of engrs., June 1924. Retired 1926.


Married Adele Austin Yates, October 30, 1901.

John Franklin

Lydia Taylor

Adele Austin Yates