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 Daniel Carter Beard

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Daniel Carter Beard Famous memorial

Birth
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death
11 Jun 1941 (aged 90)
Suffern, Rockland County, New York, USA
Burial
New Hempstead, Rockland County, New York, USA
Memorial ID
3804 View Source

Social Reformer, Illustrator. As a child growing up in Covington, Kentucky, he learned many stories about pioneer Daniel Boone and other early American pioneers. That childhood love for Boone motivated him to establish "The Society of the Sons of Daniel Boone." In 1905, this group became known as "The Boy Pioneers" and became the largest pre-scouting boys club in America. He embraced the Boy Scout movement that came to America from England in 1911, merging his "Boy Pioneers" with the Scouts. He served as the Boy Scouts of America's first national chairman, holding that position until his death. Affectionately known as "Uncle Dan," he designed the American Boy Scout uniform and emblem adding the American eagle and shield to the emblem. He was a famous illustrator as well. His drawings and articles were published in "St. Nicolas' Magazine" and "Youth's Companion." He was also chosen to illustrate Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." He received the only Gold Eagle Badge ever awarded and was given the Roosevelt Award for his distinguished service. A mountain in Alaska, near Mount McKinley is called Mt. Beard in his honor. The Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, crossing the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio, is named for him.

Social Reformer, Illustrator. As a child growing up in Covington, Kentucky, he learned many stories about pioneer Daniel Boone and other early American pioneers. That childhood love for Boone motivated him to establish "The Society of the Sons of Daniel Boone." In 1905, this group became known as "The Boy Pioneers" and became the largest pre-scouting boys club in America. He embraced the Boy Scout movement that came to America from England in 1911, merging his "Boy Pioneers" with the Scouts. He served as the Boy Scouts of America's first national chairman, holding that position until his death. Affectionately known as "Uncle Dan," he designed the American Boy Scout uniform and emblem adding the American eagle and shield to the emblem. He was a famous illustrator as well. His drawings and articles were published in "St. Nicolas' Magazine" and "Youth's Companion." He was also chosen to illustrate Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." He received the only Gold Eagle Badge ever awarded and was given the Roosevelt Award for his distinguished service. A mountain in Alaska, near Mount McKinley is called Mt. Beard in his honor. The Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, crossing the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio, is named for him.

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  • Added: 2 Nov 1998
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 3804
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3804/daniel-carter-beard: accessed ), memorial page for Daniel Carter Beard (21 Jun 1850–11 Jun 1941), Find a Grave Memorial ID 3804, citing Brick Church Cemetery, New Hempstead, Rockland County, New York, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.