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Famous Freemason - Daniel Carter Beard

There is but one way to learn to do a thing and that is to do it.

Beard was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, into a family of artists. As a youth in Painesville,he explored the woods and made sketches of nature. His father was the artist James Henry Beard and his mother was Mary Caroline (Carter) Beard. His uncle was the artist William Holbrook Beard. He lived in Covington, Kentucky near the Licking River, where he learned the stories of Kentucky pioneer life.

He started an early career as an engineer and surveyor. He attended art school in New York City.

Beard was a painter, illustrator, and founder of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. He formed "The Society of the Sons of Daniel Boone" which developed into "The Boy Pioneers" in 1905, which then became the Boy Scouts of America after he heard about the work of Baden Powell. His writings on the group appeared in Recreation, a magazine that he edited. He was the Boy Scouts of America’s first National Commissioner and Chairman of the Court of Honor and was the author of 21 books on outdoor living and survival skills

Bro. Beard was raised Raised in Mariners' Lodge No. 67, New York City, NY, and later affiliated with Cornucopia Lodge 563, Flushing, NY.

Bro. Beard is also the namesake of the Daniel Carter Beard Award an honor due to members of a Masonic Lodge who act as role models and provide dedicated service to the young men in the Scouts.

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