Zachary Taylor Wood (1860 - 1915)

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About Zachary Taylor Wood

Zachary Taylor Wood, CMG (1860–1915) was acting Commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) and Commissioner of the Yukon Territory of Canada.

Born in Annapolis Naval Academy in 1860, where his father John Taylor Wood was stationed. Wood's great-grandfather was President of the United States Zachary Taylor.

Wood's family moved first to Halifax and later to Ontario. Taylor graduated from Royal Military College of Canada at Kingston, Ontario in 1882.

Zachary Taylor Wood served with the 90th Infantry Regiment at the Battle of Batoche during the Northwest Rebellion in 1885. He joined the North West Mounted Police in 1885 as Inspector under the command of Superintendent Sam Steele. He retired from the force due to poor health and died in Asheville, North Carolina in 1915 and is buried at Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston, Ontario.

Mount Wood in the Yukon was named in honour of Zachary Taylor Wood in 1998, in honour of the 125th Anniversary of the RCMP.

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