William ("Bill") Franklin Porter
II (March 24, 1926 – March 10, 2000) was an American athlete, winner of 110 metre
hurdles at the 1948 Summer Olympics.
Michigan, William Porter attended The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and graduated class of
44'. Then attending Western Michigan
Porter won his only AAU
Championship title in 1948 in 110 m hurdles and thus qualified to
the Olympic Games
. Although the best
American hurdler Harrison Dillard
did not qualify to the Olympics, the three Americans Porter,
and Craig Dixon
were headlong over the rest of the
field in the Olympic final. From the start to finish they ran
almost neck to neck, with the others some five yards behind. In the
finish, Porter gained a clear win with Scott beating Dixon by
for second place.
athletics career, Porter worked for the Northwestern Alumni Association Board and later opened a sales
agency in California.
Porter died in Irvine,