L. D. Taylor

Louis Denison Taylor ( born July 22, 1857 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, † June 4, 1946 in Vancouver, often also called LD Taylor) was a Canadian journalist, publisher and politician. Between 1910 and 1934 he practiced four times from the office of mayor of Vancouver. His term of eleven years is the longest ever.


Little is known about Taylor's early life. He first came in 1896 in Chicago in appearance, where he was co-president of a bank institute named North & Taylor. When the bank ran into financial difficulties, fled his partner, who was considered a prime suspect, to Mexico. Taylor was arrested for alleged embezzlement, spent a night in jail and was released on bail. As yet more complaints were made ​​against him, he fled to Canada.

Taylor settled in Vancouver and worked for the newspaper The Province. In 1905 he bought the Vancouver Daily World, and worked as a publisher. In 1910 he was first elected as mayor and held this office initially served two years. In 1912 he left for his newspaper to build the World Building, which today is called the Sun Tower and is considered one of the landmarks of the city. 1915 was followed by the second term, which lasted one year. His policy was dominated social democratic. Taylor fought against the influence of big business and stood up for the interests of the workers. But he also called for immigration restrictions for Chinese.

Because of financial difficulties he had to sell his newspaper in 1924 to the Vancouver Sun, and decided to re-enter politics. In 1925 he was elected for the third time. Taylor appeared successfully for the incorporation of South Vancouver and Point Grey, which was completed in 1929. In 1928 he had to face an inquiry, because he was accused of being too lenient towards prostitution and gambling. Taylor argued that he was not elected to conduct a " Sunday School " and that the fight against violent crime is far more important.

After he had to leave his office for two years at William Harold Malkin, he was re-elected mayor in 1931. In his fourth term covers inter alia the opening of the airport Vancouver, but he had to deal with the social consequences of the world economic crisis. 1934 Taylor was voted out.