Museum of New Mexico Press


J. Paul Taylor

The Man from Mesilla

Ana Pacheco, Author

A biography of one of New Mexico's most distinguished citizens, born in 1920, recounts the life of the legislator, educator, community leader, and arts patron. He was first elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 1986, a position he held until his retirement in 2004. The book is illustrated with historical and family photos.


"Taylor spent 39 years in elementary education -- first as a teacher, then as a principal and administrator, and ultimately as president of the New Mexico Education Association -- before he was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 1986. He was responsible for bringing bilingual education to Las Cruces public schools in 1969, and from the earliest days of his career he emphasized the importance of educating people of all socioeconomic levels and displayed great pride in his Hispanic culture and heritage."


"Pacheco's well-written book -- illustrated with a wealth of historical photographs -- brims with compelling details culled from interviews with Taylor."
-Chronicles of the Trail

Trim: 9" x 6"

Pages: 128

Illustrations: 12 color and 55 black-and-white photographs


New Mexico


Cloth $24.95