Taylor graduated from Royal Military College of Canada at Kingston, Ontario in 1882.
Wood"s great-grandfather was President of the United States Zachary Taylor. Wood"s family moved first to Halifax and later to Ontario. 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 buried at Cataraqui Cemetery in He is memorialized on the Royal Military College Memorial Architecture. Inspector Zachary Taylor Wood married Frances Augusta Daly in 1888 at Saint Mary Magdalene Church, in Napanee, Ontario.
Their son Stuart Taylor Wood was born in Napanee and later served as Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He rose to the rank of Major in the RNWMP and served as Assistant and Acting Commissioner.
Stuart Taylor Wood was born in Napanee on October 17, 1889, son of Z.T. and Frances Wood.
South.T. Wood was the Commissioner of the RCMP for thirteen years. Mount Wood in the Yukon was named in honour of Zachary Taylor Wood in 1998, in honour of the 125th Anniversary of the RCMP.