Fredrick Monroe Taylor

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Fred Taylor
Senior Judge
of the U.S. District Court for Idaho
In office
December 15, 1971 – February 25, 1988
Chief Judge
of the U.S. District Court for Idaho
In office
Preceded by Chase Clark
Succeeded by Raymond McNichols
of the U.S. District Court for Idaho
In office
July 20, 1954 – December 15, 1971
Appointed by Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by none, new seat
Succeeded by J. Blaine Anderson
Personal details
Born (1901-02-25)February 25, 1901
Nampa, Idaho
Died February 16, 1988(1988-02-16) (aged 86)
Boise, Idaho
Resting place Morris Hill Cemetery
Boise, Idaho
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Idaho
LL.B., 1926[1]
Profession Attorney

Fredrick Monroe Taylor (February 25, 1901 – February 16, 1988) was a federal judge in Idaho for over 33 years.

Born in Nampa, Idaho, Taylor graduated from Nampa High School and attended the University of Idaho in Moscow. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and received an LL.B. from the UI College of Law in 1926.[2]

Taylor was in private practice in Valley County from 1927 to 1938, and a prosecuting attorney of Valley County from 1927 to 1933, and from 1935 to 1938, returning to private practice in Boise from 1938 to 1954. He was a member of the Idaho Senate from 1943 to 1951, and was a city attorney of Boise from 1944 to 1946. Taylor was the campaign manager for Herman Welker in 1950, who was elected to the U.S. Senate.[3][4]

In 1954, Taylor was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on July 9 to a new seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho created by 68 Stat. 8. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 20 and received his commission the same day.[3][4] He served as chief judge from 1964 to 1971, and assumed senior status on December 15, 1971, serving in that capacity for over 16 years, until his death in 1988 at age 86.[5]


  1. ^ "Fred Taylor biography". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Seniors". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1926. p. 39. 
  3. ^ a b "Taylor approved as district judge". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. July 20, 1954. p. a3. 
  4. ^ a b "Fred M. Taylor is confirmed". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. July 21, 1954. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "U.S. district judge dies at 86". Idahonian. Moscow. Associated Press. February 17, 1988. p. 5A. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
Succeeded by
J. Blaine Anderson