By Dave Taylor
Waitman Taylor, Jr., a central figure in the histories of both Owensboro and Hancock County, died Friday at the age of 91.
Taylor, a former mayor of Owensboro, was born in Hancock County on September 18, 1927 and played a major role in shaping the county, having sold the land for Windward Heights subdivision and giving land for the country club entrance and to the schools and industries when it would benefit the progress of the county.
As of late 2017 he owned approximately 240 acres in the county, including the Beauchamp House, the 1842 plantation house built by his great-grandfather John Beauchamp.
Taylor’s father, Waitman Taylor, Sr., was a state senator and ran Ford and John Deere dealerships in Lewisport, as well as the Taylor Funeral Home, and he was instrumental in organizing landowners to sell to Harvey Aluminum when it announced that it would be building what is now Aleris in Lewisport.
Taylor, Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps, being elected as an Owensboro city commissioner and later serving at the city’s mayor from 1972 to 1975. He worked at GE and Texas Gas and retired from Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in 2012.
Services will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Owensboro.