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David Watson Taylor, American naval constructor. member Society Naval Architects and Marine Engrs.


Taylor, David Watson was born on March 4, 1864 in Louisa Company, Virginia, United States. Son of Henry and Mary Minor (Watson) Taylor.


Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, 1877-1881. Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1885, head of class and excelled highest record ever made there up to that time. Sent to Greenwich in 1885, received highest honors of Royal College, 1888, again making the highest record of any student there up to that time.

Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Stevens Institute, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1907. Doctor of Science, George Washington University, 1915. Doctor of Laws, Randolph-Macon College, 1922, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1924.


Captain United States Navy, March 4, 1901. Promoted to rank of rear admiral, 1917.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Resistance of Ships and Screw Propulsion, 1893. Speed and Power of Ships, 1910.


Member Society Naval Architects and Marine Engrs.


Married Imogene Maury Morris, October 26, 1892. Children: Dorothy Watson, May Coleman, David Watson, Imogene Morris.

Henry Taylor

Mary Minor (Watson) Taylor

Imogene Maury Morris

Dorothy Watson Taylor

May Coleman Taylor

David Watson Taylor

Imogene Morris Taylor