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Walter S. Taylor

Hon. Rev. Walter S. Taylor
Born 1917
Died June 18, 1984
Englewood, NJ
Cause of death cancer
Nationality American
Occupation Minister
Home town Englewood, NJ
Known for Mayor of Englewood, Pastor
Religious beliefs Methodist
Spouse(s) Odella Wykle

The Rev. Walter Scott Taylor, a civil- rights leader and the first black mayor of Englewood, N.J., died of cancer at Englewood Hospital, June 18, 1984. He was 67 years old. [1]

Mr. Taylor was the pastor of the Galilee United Methodist Church in Englewood and the publisher of The Torchbearer, a community newspaper.

Mr. Taylor moved to Englewood in 1952 and soon emerged as a moderate black leader in the predominantly white community. For seven years, he led the Bergen County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. One Term as Mayor

In the mid-1950's, Mr. Taylor became one of the leaders of a drive to integrate Englewood's schools, an effort he continued in later years in the area of public housing.

In 1971, he won a tight, three-way race to become Englewood's first black mayor. The next year, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, where he served on the credentials committee. When his mayoral term ended at the end of 1975, he did not seek re- election.

Mr. Taylor was one of 14 children of a Mississippi minister. He graduated from Mount Beulah Junior College in Edwards, Miss., and received a bachelor's degree from Clark College in Atlanta.

He was married to the former Odella Wykle; they had a son, Walter Scott Taylor Jr. of Englewood; two daughters, Mary Overton of Hyattsville, Md., and Susie England of Wood-Ridge, N.J.; four grandchildren, three brothers and six sisters.