Payne, John Bayly (1872–1938)

By: Dorman H. Winfrey

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 1, 1995

John Bayly Payne, vice president of the Texas and Pacific Railway, was born in March 1872 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the son of George Bayly and Emma Fox (Fleenor) Payne. After graduating from Ogden College in Bowling Green he began his railroad career in the mechanical department of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad at Topeka, Kansas. After working for the Mexican Central at Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, he moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1893 and took a clerical position with the Texas and Pacific. In 1897 he married Annie Glover Gibson; they had four children. Payne rose through various ranks of railroad work to traffic manager and vice president of eight Texas railroads, including the Texas and New Mexico, the Pecos Valley Southern, and the Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Northwestern. During World War I he was chairman of the Dallas district of the United States Railroad Administration. He was vice president of the Texas and Pacific Railway at the time of his death. He was also director of the First National Bank of Dallas. Payne was a Mason, a Shriner, and an Episcopalian. He became ill in El Paso and died in Dallas on November 9, 1938.

Sam Hanna Acheson, Herbert P. Gambrell, Mary Carter Toomey, and Alex M. Acheson, Jr., Texian Who's Who, Vol. 1 (Dallas: Texian, 1937). Dallas Morning News, November 10, 1938.
  • North Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Dallas

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Dorman H. Winfrey, “Payne, John Bayly,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 04, 2022,

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May 1, 1995

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