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William Prout

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Christopher•Prout
Used nameWilliam•Prout
Born24 February 1886 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Died4 August 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 76 kg
AffiliationsBoston AA, Boston (USA)
NOC United States


William Prout was third in the Eastern Olympic Trials in 1908 over 400 metres. He competed for the Boston AA. He graduated from Brown University in 1907, but had no placements at the IC4A Meet. Prout later finished law school at Boston University.

In addition to practicing law in Boston, Prout went into sports administration. In 1921 he was named President of the AAU holding that post until 1924. In 1926 Prout was elected President of the US Olympic Committee, serving in that role through the 1928 Olympics. Prout was also active in the Knights of Columbus, and was supreme commander of the Back Bay Council in Boston, and was Massachusetts deputy commander for several years.

Personal Best: 400 – 50.4 (1908).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics USA William Prout
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 4 h2 r2/3

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
President United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee 1926—1926 USA William Prout

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