Beard, Daniel Carter

Beard, Daniel Carter,

1850–1941, American illustrator and naturalist, b. Cincinnati, Ohio, studied at the Art Students League, New York City. He 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. One of the founders (1910) of the Boy Scouts of America (see ScoutsScouts
or Boy Scouts,
organization of boys and girls 11 to 17 years old, founded (1907) in Great Britain by Sir Robert (later Lord) Baden-Powell and originally for boys only; since the late 20th cent., many national organizations have moved to admit girls also.
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), he served for the remainder of his life as national scout commissioner. To boys all over the country he was known as Uncle Dan. Mt. Beard, adjoining Denali (Mt. McKinley), is named for him. In addition to many articles on woodcraft and nature study, Beard wrote Boy Pioneers and Sons of Daniel Boone (1909), American Boys' Book of Wild Animals (1921), and Wisdom of the Woods (1927).


See his autobiography, Hardly a Man Is Now Alive (1939).

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