Type of Officer: City Marshal
Jurisdiction: Baxter Springs
County: Cherokee
Death Date: 6/29/1872
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Mayor J. R. Boyd of Baxter Springs was involved in a dispute with the lumberyard owner over the mayor’s debt. A fight ensued and the owner swore a warrant for Boyd’s arrest. City Marshal Taylor was serving the warrant when an argument began and Mayor Boyd shot and killed Taylor. Marshal Taylor had been appointed by Boyd in November of 1870 to replace Marshal H. C. Seaman, who had been killed in the line of duty.