1891 – First Lady Catherine Taylor Dies

On this date Catherine Hurd Taylor, wife of , died in Madison. Born in 1820 in Connecticut, Catherine Hurd married William Robert Taylor on September 13, 1843, in La Porte, Ohio. They relocated to Cottage Grove in Dane County. Catherine Taylor gave birth to three daughters, only two of whom lived to adulthood. She served as first lady of Wisconsin from 1874 to 1876. After nearly forty years of marriage, William Robert Taylor filed for divorce on January 23, 1882, claiming that Catherine left him. Catherine did not consent to the divorce, which was granted anyway, allowing her husband to remarry in 1886. Catherine Hurd Taylor died in Madison and is buried next to her husband at Forest Hill Cemetery. [Source: , by Nancy G. Williams, pg. 74]