(1862–1930) military engineer and army officer. From New Hampshire, Taylor served in the Army Corps of Engineers after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, working primarily on river and harbor sites along both coasts In 1915 he was promoted to colonel and appointed chief engineer in the New York City and Hudson district. In 1917 he was named chief engineer to the American Expeditionary Force, led by Gen. John J. Pershing, and sailed for France, where he was responsible for planning the debarkation of U.S. troops and supplies, building training camps and hospitals, and arranging transportation and communications for thousands of U.S. personnel. By 1918, he was promoted to brigadier general and had a force of 31,000 engineers and troops reporting to him. After the war he returned to Washington, and in 1924 he was named the U.S. Army's chief of engineers.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.