Taylor, Andrew W.
Age: 21, credited to Wells, VTVITALS
Birth: abt 1842, Stanstead, PQ, CanadaADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha, NE
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ANDREW TAYLOR PIONEER OF OMAHA, LAID TO REST;
DEATH ENDS CAREER OF FORMER BUSINESS MAN, AND
LEADER OF REPUBLICAN PARTY OF STATE
The funeral of Andrew W. Taylor, 76 years old, who died early yesterday morning after a short illness. was held from the family home, 4105 North Twenty-ninth street, at 11 a. m. yesterday. Burial was in Forest Lawn cemetery.
Mr. Taylor had been a resident of Omaha since 1885, coming to this city from Iowa. Shortly after arriving in Nebraska he engaged in the jewelry business, from which he retired about 10 years ago. Mr. Taylor was one of the most active G.A.R. men in the state and has been a delegate from this state to the national encampments of that order for more than 20 years; at the national meetings, as also in the state, he was one of the recognized leaders.
Mr. Taylor from boyhood was a staunch Republican and had participated in many memorable campaigns in Nebraska. For many years prior to the death of the late John M. Thurston, he and Mr. Taylor were intimate friends, and together they were active in shaping the destiny of the Republican Party in Nebraska. Mr. Taylor for years enjoyed the reputation of having one of the most extensive acquaintances of anyone throughout the state. Although always active in political controversies and campaigns in Nebraska, Mr. Taylor never served in a public office, his sole honor for his services having been that of Chief-of-Staff for two terms under a Republican Governor.
HONORED AS INVENTOR
Aside from being a jeweler, Mr. Taylor was, for many years, an active business man in Omaha and an inventor, having received the first patent ever issued for an automatic driveway gate. His exhibition of this invention at the World's Fair in Chicago brought him honor from the exposition in the form of a medal. Aside from his business and political activities, Mr. Taylor was also a staunch church member, having maintained his membership in the Methodist Church since early childhood. He also served as chairman of the Lincoln Memorial Association.
At the age of 17 years Mr. Taylor enlisted in Company I of the First Vermont Cavalry, later being transferred to a regiment commanded by William McKinley. During his services in the regiment he was three times promoted for bravery and friendship, which lasted until the death of President McKinley, sprung up between the two men. One of the proudest possessions of Mr. Taylor was a G.A.R. button presented to him by McKinley shortly after his inauguration as President.
WOUNDED IN WAR.
While he was a soldier in the Civil War he participated in the battles of Gettysburg, Spotsylvania Court House and the Wilderness. He was twice wounded, and taken prisoner several times during his service, but each time managed to make his escape. On Jan. 21, 1868 he married Miss Josephine Winne, daughter of Maj. Gen. Lucas D. Winne, of Clinton Iowa, who with four sons, Walter S. of Omaha, E. H. of St. Edward, Neb., W. J. and F. O. of Omaha, and V. W. of Norfolk, survive him.
Omaha (NE) Daily Bee, Aug. 3, 1920
Courtesy of Deanna French