The Story of Dan Beard Author:Robert N. Webb Bright orange and blue banners blew in the breeze above 50,000 excited Scouts. It was 1940, and all the wonders of the New York City's World Fair shimmered in the warm June sunshine. But it was Dan Beard, their founder and leader - spare, straight, with twinkling eyes for all his ninety years - that the Scouts had come to cheer! — Dan Beard's sto... more »ry started far back, in the days when Dan ranged the hills on the banks of the Ohio with his friends, Indian-style. Too young to fight in the Civil War, he worked in the field hospital in town. But as soon as the war was over, he set out on an adventurous journey that was to lead him from west to south and finally east to a New York and a new career illustrating for authors such as Mark Twain.
But Dan Beard was to make his greatest mark and his lasting contribution by helping to found and lead the Boy Scouts of America.« less