Born April 17, 1903, Sioux City, Iowa. Died February 16, 1975.
One of the greatest 400-meter hurdlers in world track and field history, Frederick Morgan Taylor, or F. Morgan Taylor as he was popularly known, achieved the greatest athletic honors possible by winning an Olympic gold medal and setting world records four times. A national champion hurdler at Sioux City High School, he was also an outstanding athlete at small Grinnell College in Iowa, where he played football and competed in track, winning the 1925 NCAA 220-yard low hurdles. It was in 1924 that Taylor achieved his greatest fame. At the Olympic Trials that year, he twice set two world records, then went to the Paris Olympics where he won the gold medal. He again set a world record at the Olympics but the time was not accepted since he knocked down a hurdle (a rule in force at the time). Taylor also competed in the 1928 and 1932 Olympic and won a bronze medal each time. At the 1932 Olympics, he was honored as the U.S. flagbearer at the Opening Ceremonies. Although his career spanned a decade, he ran the 400 hurdles only a total of 30 times. A son, F. Morgan Jr., played football and was an outstanding long jumper at Princeton.