Sheriff Horace B. Taylor

Sheriff Horace B. Taylor

Fentress County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, May 15, 1940

Horace B. Taylor

Sheriff Horace Taylor and Deputy Sheriff Casper Wood were shot and killed as they attempted to arrest a miner for making a disturbance in Zenith, Tennessee.

A posse was formed after the two were killed. The miner's foreman attempted to talk the man into the surrendering, but the suspect opened fire on him as well. Despite being mortally wounded, the foreman was able to return fire and also killed the suspect.

Sheriff Taylor had served as sheriff for 2 years. He was survived by his wife, sister, and four brothers.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I have always remembered Sheriff Taylor's name because I begin to hear the incident talked about when I was just a toddler. Only 3 years old when it happened. That terrible act was committed by my half brother, whom I never knew. Only saw him once in my life. Since I got into genealogy I came across this site. It's very fitting for Sheriff Taylor to be remembered. Thanks for reading.

Susan Markle Wolfe

July 2, 2018

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