Earl Howard Taylor, 86, a senior editor of Country Gentleman magazine for 30 years, died of pneumonia Saturday at the Wisconsin Avenue Nursing Home.

Mr. Taylor wrote most of the editorials, including many on religion and articles on conservation, for the magazine from 1923 and 1953.

During the 1930s and 1940s he also served as a Washington writer for various publications owned by the Curtis Publishing Co., commuting between Washington and his Pennsylvania home.

Mr. Taylor worked as a speech writer for Republican presidential candidate Alfred M. Landon in 1936. President Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Landon that year and won a second term in office.

Mr. Taylor was an early advocate of a national land policy to conserve water, soil and forests. He was named an honorary member of the Soil Conservation Society of American in 1948 for his "outstanding contributions to the field of soil and water conservation."

Mr. Taylor also received awards from the American Forestry Foundation and the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pa.

After retiring from journalism, he worked part-time as a political analyst in Pennsylvania and gave monthly lectures to an economic discussion group at Swarthmore College.

Mr. Taylor was born in Yates Center, Kan. and graduated from the University of Nebraska. He served in the Navy during World War I.

He worked for a number of newspapers in the Midwest before joining Country Gentleman magazine.

Mr. Taylor had lived here for the past three years.

He is survived by a son, Richard P., of Potomac, and one grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Salvation Army, 503 E St. NW, 20001.