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INDIAN UtARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
ton, but soon became convinced that the excessive
humidity of the atmosphere there was prejudicial,
removed to Austin. The outlook was anything
but encouraging. In fact, the surroundings were
such as to make a less courageous heart quail. A
voung man, a total stranger, with nothing but his
profession to rely upon for support, in a remote
village of fifteen hundred inhabitants, with an
invalid wife, and no money! He was, however,
undismayed, realized the necessity of providing
food and raiment, shelter, and even luxuries, for
his invalid wife and went to work at manual labor,
at anything honorable, no matter how humble or
how hard, that would supply their needs until the
dawn of brighter days. In a year he was able to
open an office and resume the practice of medicine
and to purchase a small home, for cash. His wife
presented him with a winsome little daughter two
years after their arrival in the State. Her health
rapidly declined after that event, and in 1857, being
attacked with pneumonia, she perished with the
roses in the autumn of that year.
On the 27th of April, 1859, Dr. Taylor married
Miss M. H. Millican (his present wife) daughter
of Capt. O. H. Millican, a staunch Mississippi
planter who had adopted the Lone Star State for
his home. Two sons and four daughters were born
of this marriage, Edward H., born in 1860; Mary
O., born in 1862, now the wife of James Howell
Bunton, Esq., of Travis County, Texas; Addison,
who died at the age of eighteen months, born in
1864; Elizabeth, born in 1868, now the wife of
John W. Phillips, Esq., of Austin; Laura, who
died in infancy, born in 1871; and Daisee Belle,
born in 1878.
The daughter by the first marriage, Harriett Ann,
married Wm. A. Dixon, Esq., of St. Louis, a
brother of Dr. Charles Dixon of that city. He was
killed accidentally, five years after their marriage,
and his widow now resides in Austin.
Dr. Taylor was largely instrumental in 185.5 in
bringing about the first organization of medical
men ever effected in Texas. With a few leading
physicians, among whom the matter was often
freely discussed, he called a meeting of the practicing
physicians of the State to be held at Austin.
There were present a respectable number of representative
men, and an organization was effected.
Facilities for travel and intercommunication between
the different parts of the State were few and difficult
at the time and the population much less
dense than at present. Hence, for lack of support,
this laudable movement failed to accomplish
the purposes intended. There were but two meetings
of the organization held before its practical
dissolution. Notwithstanding this discouragement,
Dr. Taylor insisted on keeping up the Travis County
Medical Society, the local organization of physicians,
the first in the State. When the present Texas
Medical Association was organized at Houston in
June, 1869, he promptly joined it and has since
been one of its most active and valuable members,
making rich and varied contributions to its literature,
working for the enactment of needed legislation
by the State Legislature, laboring for the maintenance
of the dignity of the profession, and filling, at
various times, important offices in the association.
He served one term as first vice-president, and was
nominated for president in 1875, and came within
one vote of being elected, although he was not a
candidate and knew nothing of the intention of his
friends until afterwards informed of their action.
He represented Texas in the American Medical Congress
in 1876 and 1886; and was a delegate to the
Ninth International Medical Congress that met in
Washington City in June of the latter year. He
was one of the first movers in the direction of railroad
building in Texas and largely influenced by
his means and advocacy the construction of the
first road to Austin, the central tap-road to Hemstead.
He was also largely instrumental in the
building of the Austin
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