1942 – 1953
John I. Taylor, a Comanche County rancher, was elected as the first president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. One of Taylor’s qualifications for serving as OKFB president was an extensive knowledge of parliamentary procedure. Taylor received an AB degree from Baker University in 1923.
During his time as president, he was also appointed to several important American Farm Bureau Federation committees. He served as a member of the Oklahoma Agricultural Advisory Council, a director of the Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation, and a citizen-member of the Governor’s State Reorganization Committee and the Hospital Study Committee.
After Taylor resigned in 1953 due to family matters, he did not abandon his dedication to Farm Bureau. Taylor was called to Washington, D.C., by AFBF Federation President Charles Shuman in 1959 to assume responsibilities as assistant legislative director. Taylor earned a reputation as a well-informed specialist on soil and water conservation among congressmen and associates.