|Name||Glen H. Taylor|
Kooshia, Idaho , United States
|| April 12, 1904
|| April 28, 1984
Apr 12, 2009 11:57am
Very Liberal -
|Info||TAYLOR, Glen Hearst, a Senator from Idaho who ran for Vice President with Henry Wallace on the Progressive Party ticket in 1948. |
Born in Portland OR, 4/12/1904; son of Pleasant J. & Olive (Higgins) Taylor. His father was a minister who moved to a homestead near Kooskia ID c. 1907. Glen Taylor attended the public schools of Idaho.
Entertainer. Joined a dramatic stock company in 1919; owner and manager of various entertainment enterprises 1926-1944; country-western singer and vaudeville performer. Briefly managed a silent motion picture theatre.
Taylor married the first time in 1922; he and his first wife (sources don't give her name) divorced in 1929. Married (2) Dora M. Pike 1931; four children.
Candidate for U.S. House (D-ID) 1938. He entered the race after being inspired by the entertainment campaign that Governor C. Ben Ross used in his successful race.
Candidate for U.S. Senate (D-ID) 1940, 1942
US Senate (D-ID) 1945-1951. Defeated incumbent Sen. D. Worth Clark in the Democratic primary of 1944 but then lost to him in the Democratic primary of 1950. Taylor found it difficult to find housing in Washington DC in 1945, and as a publicity stunt he played "Home on the Range" on his guitar on the Capitol steps. Throughout his term, Taylor accused Pres. Truman of bringing the US nearer to war with the Soviet Union through the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.
Candidate for US Vice President on the Progressive Party ticket in 1948, with Henry Wallace running for President.
Candidate for US Senate (D-ID) 1954, 1956; won the Democratic primary in 1954 but lost it in 1956 to Frank Church. Taylor then ran as a write-in candidate in 1956.
President of Coryell Construction Co. 1950-1952
Relocated to Millbrae CA 1958. Having become bald in his mid-20s, Taylor started a toupee business called Taylor Topper, Inc., which brought him great wealth. He started wearing a toupee in 1944, and this was sometimes credited with helping improve his image and thereby his political support.
Moved to a nursing home in Burlingame CA, where he died of Alzheimer's on 4/28/1984; interment in Skylawn Cemetery, San Mateo CA.
Sources: Congressional Biography, Idaho Encyclopedia; New York Times, 5/5/1984; James T. Havel, U.S. Presidential Candidates and the Elections, vol. 1, p. 563.