Marshall Major Taylor
Taylor Marshall
Actor Dewshane Williams
Seen Tour de Murdoch
Status Historical
Job World-class Athlete
Comments This is an article about a fictional representation of an historical character, location or other entity.
Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor, champion American cyclist, is introduced in Season 7 of Murdoch Mysteries, portrayed by Dewshane Williams.


Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor (26 November 1878 – 21 June 1932) was an American cyclist who, after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination, won the World 1 Mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899. Taylor was the first African-American cyclist to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship in any sport — after Canadian boxer George Dixon.

"It is my thought that clean living and a strict observance of the golden rule of true sportsmanship are foundation stones without which a championship structure cannot be built."—Marshall Taylor in The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World.

The inscription on bronze marker on gravestone paid for by Frank W. Schwinn reads: "Dedicated to the memory of Marshall W. 'Major' Taylor, 1878-1932. World's champion bicycle racer who came up the hard way without hatred in his heart, an honest, courageous and god-fearing, clean-living, gentlemanly athlete. A credit to the race who always gave out his best. Gone but not forgotten."

Appearances and Mentions

Tour de Murdoch

  • Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor is competing in the races along with Detective Murdoch and is questioned during the murder investigation.


Murdoch Mysteries Season 7
"Murdoch Ahoy" • "Tour de Murdoch" • "The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch" • "Return of Sherlock Holmes" • "Murdoch of the Living Dead" • "Murdochophobia" • "Loch Ness Murdoch" • "Republic of Murdoch" • "A Midnight Train to Kingston" • "Murdoch in Ragtime" • "Journey to the Centre of Toronto" • "Unfinished Business" • "The Murdoch Sting"•"Friday the 13th, 1901"•"The Spy Who Came Up to the Cold"•"Kung Fu Crabtree"•"Blast of Silence"•"The Death of Dr. Ogden"
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