US Congressman. He attended schools in Morgan County and was also tutored by his father. A compelling orator, he was ordained by the Methodist Episcopal Church after completing training for the ministry. In 1878 and 1882 he was elected Clerk of the Magoffin County Court. While working at the court he studied law and won admission to the bar. In 1884 Taulbee was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Democrat and served two terms, 1885 to 1889. He did not run for reelection in 1888. While serving as a Congressman Taulbee was the subject of revelations by Charles E. Kincaid, Washington correspondent for several Kentucky newspapers, that Taulbee had been involved in an extramarital affair with an 18 year old employee of the US Patent Office. As a result Taulbee and Kincaid carried on a violent feud, with Taulbee remaining in Washington after the end of his final term in Congress to continue confronting Kincaid. On February 28, 1890 Kincaid shot Taulbee on the east steps of the House side of the US Capitol, and Taulbee died several days later. Kincaid argued self defense and was acquitted at his 1891 trial.
Bio by: Bill McKern
Lou Emma Oney Taulbee