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Obituary of John Sherman Hoyt - New York Times - 03/31/1954 [PDF]


History of the Alfred W. Dater Council, Stamford, CT


Correspondence from the BSA National Office [1.2 MB PDF]


From Who's Who in America, Volume III 1951-1960, Marquis, Chicago, 1960


HOYT, John Sherman, manufacturer, scout executive; born New York City, July 29, 1869; son of Alfred M. and Rose E. (Reese) Hoyt; graduated St. Paul's School, Concord, NH, 1888; graduated Columbia School of Mines, 1890; LLD, 1930; married Ethel Phelps Stokes, 1905; Director and member of the executive board of the American Car and Foundry Company; one of the original founders, trustee, vice president of the Boy Scouts of America; Conglist; clubs: Down Town Association, Union League (NYC); home: Darien, CT; office: rare, Boy Scouts of America. 2 Park Avenue, NYC; died March 30, 1954. Source

John Sherman Hoyt Who's Who Listing 1960

The BSA National Charter [US Code, Title 36, Chapter 2] - June 15, 1916

21. Corporation created.

Colin H. Livingstone and Ernest P. Bicknell, of Washington, District of Columbia; Benjamin L. Dulaney, of Bristol, Tennessee; Milton A. McRae, of Detroit, Michigan; David Starr Jordan, of Berkeley, California; F. L. Seely, of Asheville, North Carolina; A. Stamford White, of Chicago, Illinois; Daniel Carter Beard, of Flushing, New York; George D. Pratt, of Brooklyn, New York; Franklin C. Hoyt, Jeremiah W. Jenks, Charles P. Neill, Frank Presbrey, Edgar M. Robinson, Mortimer L. Schiff, and James E. West, of New York, New York; G. Barrett Rich, junior, of Buffalo, New York; Robert Garrett, of Baltimore, Maryland; John Sherman Hoyt, of Norwalk, Connecticut; Charles C. Jackson, of Boston, Massachusetts; John H. Nicholson, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; William D. Murray, of Plainfield, New Jersey; and George D. Porter, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, their associates and successors, are created a body corporate and politic of the District of Columbia, where its domicile shall be.

Descendants of Henry (Sr.) SHERMAN (Source: Art Cohan)

Generation No. 1

1.  HENRY (SR.)1 SHERMAN was born 1510-1520 in Dedham, co Essex, ENG, and died Bef. July 25, 1590 in Dedham, co Essex, ENG.  He married AGNES BUTTER 1541 in Dedham, co Essex, ENG, daughter of THOMAS BUTTER and MARION ?

 Generation No. 12



Fact 1:    1890

Fact 2:    1880

Fact 3:    1890, B.A. from Columbia

Fact 4:    1900, NOT found in census

Fact 5:    1910, HOF in Manhattan, New York, NY - lumber manufacturer

The Silver Buffalo Award

Since 1926, the Boy Scouts of America has awarded the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth. Each year, this award for noteworthy service of a national or worldwide character is made to men and women associated with Scouting and to others not directly associated with Scouting. Source. Awards in 1926:


Sir Robert S.S. Baden-Powell - Gilwell Park, England - Chief Scout of the World ObitSilver Buffalo Award

Daniel Carter Beard - Suffern, NY - National Scout Commissioner Obit

William D. Boyce  - Chicago, Illinois - Publisher; Incorporator of Boy Scouts of America Obit

Howard S. Braucher - New York, NY - Chairman, Committee on Organization, BSA

George J. Fisher - New York, NY - Physician; Deputy Chief Scout Executive

John Sherman Hoyt - Darien, CT - Manufacturer; Chairman, Finance Committee, BSA

Jeremiah W. Jenks - New York, NY - Educator; Formulator of Scout Oath and Law

Joseph Lee - Boston, MA - Advocate of Playground and Outdoor Recreation

Colin H. Livingstone -  Washington, DC - Financier

Milton A. McRae - Detroit, MI - Publisher; President, Boy Scouts of America

William D. Murray - Plainfield, NJ - Lawyer; Chairman, Editorial Board, BSA

George D. Pratt - New York, NY - Treasurer, Boy Scouts of America

Frank Presbrey - New York, NY - Advertising Man; Developer of Boys' Life

G. Barrett Rich - New York, NY - Chairman, BSA Committee of Badges, Awards, and Scout Rqmts

Edgar M. Robinson - Washington, D.C. - Co-organizer, Boy Scouts of America

Mortimer L. Schiff - New York, NY - Philanthropist; President, BSA

The Unknown Scout - Boy Scout

Ernest Thompson Seton - New York, NY - Chief Scout Obit & Obit

James J. Storrow (Posthumous Award) - Boston, MA - Banker; President, BSA

James E. West - New York, NY - Lawyer; Chief Scout Executive Obit

George W. Wingate - New York, NY - Advocate of Organized Outdoor Recreation

US Census Records

1900     1910     1920a     1920b

From Powahay District Newsletter - February 2010

John Sherman Hoyt of Darien, was a wealthy industrialist and dedicated Scouter. Hoyt was involved with the scouting movement since 1910 as one of its founders and later served as National Council Vice President for Finance, a member of the National Council Executive Board and Advisory Board.Hoyt had a large estate on Continent Island in the Tokeneke section of Darien. During the 1920s and 1930s Mr. Hoyt would allow Darien Scouts to camp on an island off of his estate. The Camp became know as Treasure Island and served as a Summer Camp. John Sherman Hoyt helped to finance the building of the original Darien Scout Cabin in 1926 . In 1947 he donated 18 acres of land to the Alfred W. Dater Council, which became the Five Mile River Camp. The camp was later sold. In 1966 the current John Sherman Hoyt Reservation, 174 acres was donated and named in his honor. The reservation has been operated by three different councils. Alfred W. Dater Council merged to form Fairfield County Council in 1972 and merged again in 1998 to form the present Connecticut Yankee Council.

Treasure Island - JSHoyt-Darien Estate-circa 1926


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