Daniel C. Beard Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: June 21, 1850 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: June 11, 1941 in Spring Valley, New York
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Daniel Carter Beard (1850-1941) illustrated many books (among them the first edition of Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court) and taught animal drawing. He became interested in work for boys, and his best-known book, The American Boys' Handy Book, was published in 1882. Founder (1910) of the Boy Scouts of America, he served for the remainder of his life as National Scout Commissioner and Chairman of the Court of Honor. To boys all over the country he was known as "Uncle Dan". It was his idea to Americanize the Boy Scout fleur-de-lis by adding the American eagle and shield. Beard received the only Gold Eagle Badge ever awarded.

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