1880-1881 A. K. Taylor

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ALFRED KINCAID TAYLOR
Tenth Master, 1880-1881

Captain Taylor was a Union officer, Third Ohio Volunteers during the Civil War. He married Lucy Vernette Bailey and had six children. Dr. S. O. Young states that “In 1868 Governor Davis turned Marshall Lord out of office and appointed Captain A. K. Taylor marshal. Captain Taylor as all old Houstonians know was an elegant gentleman. He took possession of the office, but within a few weeks he became so disgusted with his surroundings that he sent in his resignation and retired to private life.”

Later he served as county clerk and Dr. Young again relates an incident concerning him. Judge John Kerlicks was a candidate against Captain A. K. Taylor. The returns favored Kerlicks by a very small margin and Captain Taylor contested it. The first ballot box opened had more ballots than there were votes, so it was thrown out and the election went to Taylor….” though Captain Taylor was a Republican he was a clean man and had never affiliated with the scalawag Republicans and carpetbaggers. He made a good official and to the day of, his death was one of the most honored and reputable citizens of Houston.”

A. K. Taylor received his degrees in Gray Lodge in 1871: 10 June 24, 20 July 24 and 30 September 12. He was the fifth person raised in Gray Lodge. He was also a York Rite Mason ~d High Priest of Washington Chapter in 1882-83. He received the Order of High Priesthood on December 16, 1882. He was Knighted in Ruthven Commandery No.2 on September 21, 1891.

Brother Taylor was the Secretary of Gray Lodge for 12 years, 1881-1893. He was a very loyal and faithful member, and a good Secretary.

A. K. Taylor was Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of Texas in 1892-93.   According to officials of Glenwood Cemetery his burial occurred on June 29, 1903.