John Taber
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John Taber
John Taber
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Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee

January 3, 1953 - January 3, 1955
Clarence Cannon
Clarence Cannon

January 3, 1947 - January 3, 1949
Clarence Cannon
Clarence Cannon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 36th district

January 3, 1953 - January 3, 1963
R. Walter Riehlman
Frank Horton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 38th district

January 3, 1945 - January 3, 1953
Joseph J. O'Brien
Kenneth B. Keating
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 36th district

March 4, 1923 - January 3, 1945
Norman J. Gould
Clarence E. Hancock
Personal details
Born(1880-05-05)May 5, 1880
Auburn, New York
DiedNovember 22, 1965(1965-11-22) (aged 85)
Auburn, New York
Resting placeFort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York
Political partyRepublican
Gertrude Johnson Beard
(m. 1929; died 1964)
Alma materYale University
New York Law School

John Taber (May 5, 1880 - November 22, 1965) was a New York attorney and politician who was a longtime member of the United States House of Representatives.


Taber was born in Auburn, New York on May 5, 1880, the son of attorney and businessman Franklin P. Taber and Mary (Parker) Taber. He attended the public schools of Auburn, and graduated from Auburn High School in 1898. He graduated from Yale University in 1902, and received his law degree from New York Law School in 1904. He attained admission to the bar in November 1914, and commenced practice in Auburn.

Taber represented Auburn's second ward on the Cayuga County Board of Supervisors in 1905 and 1906. From 1910 to 1918, he served as a special judge of the county court. Taber was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1920, 1924, and 1936, and chairman of the Cayuga County Republican Committee from 1920 to 1925. In 1922, he was chosen to serve as president of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce.

He represented New York in the House of Representatives as a Republican from the 68th to the 87th Congresses (March 4, 1923 – January 3, 1963), where he was the chairman of the Committee on Appropriations during the 80th and 83rd Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination to the 88th Congress in 1962.

Taber died in Auburn on November 22, 1965, and was interred at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.


In 1929, Taber married Gertrude Johnson Beard (1893-1964), who had been working as his secretary. They were the parents of a son, Charles Beard Taber (1920-1969).


  • United States Congress. "John Taber (id: T000001)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • John Taber at Find a Grave


Congressman John Taber of Auburn: Politics and Federal Appropriations, 1923–1962, Cary S. Henderson, Ph.D. dissertation, Duke University, 1964.

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