George Sylvester Taylor

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George Sylvester Taylor
George Sylvester Taylor 1822 –1910.jpg
1st Mayor of
Chicopee, Massachusetts
In office
January 5, 1891 – January 1892
Preceded by Board of Selectmen
Succeeded by William W. McClench
Massachusetts State Senate[1]
In office
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Board of Selectmen
of the Town of
Chicopee, Massachusetts[1]
Personal details
Born March 2, 1822
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Died January 3, 1910(1910-01-03) (aged 87)
Chicopee, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Asenath Boylston Cobb
Religion Congregational

George Sylvester Taylor (March 2, 1822 – January 3, 1910) became the first mayor of Chicopee, Massachusetts on January 5, 1891.

Personal life[edit]

He was born March 2, 1822 in South Hadley, Massachusetts,[2] one of ten children of Sylvester Taylor, a butcher (1793–1881) and Sarah Eaton (1793–1870). The family moved to Chicopee Falls in 1828, which was then a part of Springfield, Massachusetts.

He married Asenath Boylston Cobb (1826–1898) on November 25, 1845, with whom he had six children. Taylor died in Chicopee.

Business and political life[edit]

Starting in 1864, Taylor ran the Belcher & Taylor Agricultural Tool Company in Springfield.[2]

As a member of the Republican Party, Taylor served the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1860 to 1861 and the Massachusetts Senate in 1869.[1] Prior to becoming Mayor, he was president of Chicopee Falls Savings Bank.

When Chicopee, Massachusetts was first incorporated as a city in 1891, Taylor was elected mayor without opposition.[2]

Taylor was a deacon of the Congregational Church of Chicopee for 45 years, and president of the local YMCA.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Toomey, Daniel P. (1892), Massachusetts of Today: A Memorial of the State, Historical and Biographical, Issued for the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago, Boston, Massachusetts: Columbia Publishing Company, p. 431. 
  2. ^ a b c d Davis, William T. (1897). The New England States (Vol 1 ed.). Boston: D.H. Hurd & Co. pp. 429–432. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 

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