Baylor, Robert Emmett Bledsoe, 1793?-1873, American jurist, founder of Baylor Univ., b. Kentucky. He served in the War of 1812, studied law, and served in the Kentucky legislature. Moving (1820) to Alabama, he served in the Alabama legislature and was (1829-31) a U.S. Representative from Alabama before moving again (1839), this time to Texas. He was a district and supreme court judge in the Republic of Texas and was prominent in drafting the state constitution, which became operative upon the annexation of Texas. He became a state judge under the new constitution. Baylor was also a Baptist preacher and is chiefly remembered because he drew up and secured passage of a charter for a college that became Baylor Univ.
Baylor is a surname and the name of several places and institutions. They include:



  • Don Baylor (born 1949), American Major League Baseball player, coach and manager
  • Elgin Baylor (born 1934), American NBA player
  • George Baylor (1752-1784), American soldier during the American Revolutionary War
  • Gracia Baylor, Australian politician
  • John Baylor (1822-1894), officer of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War
  • Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor (1793-1874), American politician, judge, and founder of Baylor University



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