|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1867|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Jan. 22, 1930|
Son of Joseph W. Mather & Bertha Mather.
He married Jane Thacker Floy in 1893.
He was a pioneering American industrialist and conservationist. He was the president and owner of the Thorkildsen-Mather Borax Company, which made him a millionaire. With journalist and writer Robert Sterling Yard, Mather spearheaded a publicity campaign to promote the creation of a federal agency to oversee National Parks. Mather eventually became the first director of the new agency, the National Park Service under the United States Department of the Interior.
His ancestral home in Darien, CT, became a National Historic Landmark in 1963.
"He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved, unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good he has done . . ."
Joseph Wakeman Mather (1820 - 1905)
Bertha J. Walker Mather (1844 - 1899)
Jane Thacker Floy Mather (1868 - 1944)
Created by: Jan Franco
Record added: Oct 13, 2005
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