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BLAYLOCK, LOUIS

BLAYLOCK, LOUIS (1849–1932). Louis Blaylock, publisher, civic leader, and mayor of Dallas, was born in Sevier County, Arkansas, on October 21, 1849, the son of Willis and Irene (Gibs) Blaylock. His family moved to Texas in 1852 and settled in Austin. In 1866 he began work as a typesetter for the Texas Christian Advocate, a Methodist paper (now the United Methodist Reporter). Blaylock and William A. Shaw eventually took over the paper, which by 1876 had a circulation of 13,000, supposedly the largest circulation of any contemporary paper in Texas. By 1887 the paper claimed a circulation of 18,000. Blaylock moved the Advocate to Dallas and formed the Blaylock Publishing Company in 1887. He left the paper in 1922 after being with it for fifty-six years. Blaylock served as Dallas police commissioner from 1901 to 1904 and was both police and fire commissioner from 1913 to 1915. He served as city administration and finance commissioner from 1919 until 1923, when he was elected mayor. Since he was seventy-four at the time of his election, he was soon nicknamed "Daddy" Blaylock. While in office he was noted for kissing every gorgeous movie star, festival queen, or other prominent female who visited Dallas, as an official welcome to the city. Blaylock was also known as one of the most able and conservative mayors in the city's history. In 1871 he married Georgia Darton, and they eventually had five children. He was active in the First Methodist Church in Dallas, as a member of the building committee and as president of the board of trustees. He was publisher of the daily paper for the Methodist General Conference when it met in Dallas in 1902. He was also a prominent Mason. Blaylock died on December 4, 1932, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Dallas.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

John D. Barron, A Critical History of the Texas Christian Advocate, 1849–1949 (M.A. thesis, University of Missouri, 1952). Dallas Morning News, August 3, 1970.

Walter N. Vernon

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Walter N. Vernon, "BLAYLOCK, LOUIS," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbl63), accessed October 20, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.