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ambassador , Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Maxwell Davenport Taylor, American former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former ambassador. Member University Club, Lotus Club, Chevy Chase Club, Army and Navy Club, Alibi Club, International Club.


Taylor, Maxwell Davenport was born on August 26, 1901 in Keystesville, Missouri, United States. Son of John Earle Maxwell and Pearle (Davenport) Taylor.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1922. Postgraduate, Engineer School, 1923. Postgraduate, Field Artillery School, 1933.

Postgraduate, Command and General Staff School, 1935. Postgraduate, Army War College, 1940. Doctor of Engineering (honorary), New York University, 1946.

Doctor of Laws, Bowdoin College, 1948. Doctor of Laws, University Missouri, 1951. Doctor of Laws, Williams College, 1952.

Doctor of Laws, Pennsylvania Military College, 1956. Doctor of Laws, Trinity College, Yale University, 1956. Doctor of Laws, Phillips College, Lafayette College, 1956.

Doctor of Laws, Seoul University, 1958. Doctor of Laws, University Pittsburgh, 1962. Doctor of Laws, University Akron, 1966.

Doctor of Laws, Tarkio College, 1966. Doctor of Laws, Norwich University, 1967. Doctor of Laws, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1968.

Doctor of Laws, Parsons College, 1970. Doctor of Laws, William Jewell College, 1970.


Second in command Lieutenant, United States Army, 1922;advanced through grades to general, United States Army, 1953;transferred from C.E. to Field Artillery, United States Army, 1926;instructor French and Spanish, United States Military Academy, 1927-1932;studied Japanese language, Tokyo, 1935-1939;assistant military attache, Beijing, 1937;special mission to Latin American countries, 1940;chief of staff, artillery commander, 1942;served overseas, 1943-1944;division commander, 1944-1945;superintendent, United States Military Academy, 1945-1949;chief of staff, American Army Forces in Europe, 1949;commander, American Military Government and Army Forces, Berlin, 1949-1951;deputy chief of staff for operations and administration, United States Army, 1951-1953;commander, Koreacommander, United States Army Forces, Far East, 1954;United States and United Nations commander in Far East, 1955;chief of staff, United States Army, 1955-1959;Chairman of the Board, chief Executive officer, board directors, Mexican Light & Power Company, 1959-1960;president, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 1961;military representative of President of the United States, 1961-1962;chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1962-1964;ambassador to Vietnam, 1964-1965;special consultant to President of the United States, 1965-1969;president, Institute Defense Analyses, 1966-1969. Member, chairman President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, 1965-1969.



Member University Club, Lotus Club, Chevy Chase Club, Army and Navy Club, Alibi Club, International Club.


Married Lydia Gardner Happer, January 26, 1925. Children: John Maxwell, Thomas Happer.

John Earle Maxwell Taylor

Pearle (Davenport) Taylor

Lydia Gardner Happer

John Maxwell Taylor

Thomas Happer Taylor