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Ernest Thompson Seton

Author, Illustrator, Editor

(1860 - 1946 )

Ernest Thompson Seton was a noted author, wildlife artist, founder of the Woodcraft Indians, and one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Seton also influenced Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting.

His first wife was fellow author Grace Gallatin Seton Thompson. His second wife was fellow author Julia M. Buttree.

His notable books related to Scouting include The Birch Bark Roll and The Boy Scout Handbook. He is responsible for the appropriation and incorporation of what he believed to be American Indian elements into the traditions of the BSA.

Famously, on his 21st birthday, his father presented him with a bill for his birth, upbringing and education, which he paid -- and never spoke to his father again.

Ernest changed his name from Ernest Seton Thompson to Ernest Thompson Seton in 1902.

As the cofounder of the Boy Scouts of America, many of his publications were ephemeral, such as the Birch Bark Roll of which there seem to have been nearly twenty issues.