William Dickson Boyce was an American newspaper man, entrepreneur, magazine publisher, and explorer. He was the founder of the Boy Scouts of America and the short-lived Lone Scouts of America. Born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, he acquired a love for the outdoors early in his life. After working as a schoolteacher and a coal miner, Boyce attended Wooster Academy in Ohio before moving to the Midwest and Canada. An astute businessman, Boyce successfully established several newspapers, such as The Commercial in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the Lisbon Clipper in Lisbon, North Dakota. With his first wife, Mary Jane Beacom, he moved to Chicago to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions. There he established the Mutual Newspaper Publishing Company and the weekly Saturday Blade, which catered to a rural audience and was distributed by thousands of newspaper boys.
|Born||William Dickson Boyce, June 16, 1858, Plum, Pennsylvania|
|Died||June 11, 1929, Chicago, Illinois|
|Resting place||Ottawa Avenue Cemetery, Ottawa, Illinois|
|Known for||Adventurer, Scouting founder|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Jane Beacom (1884–1908) & (1913–1929), Virginia Dorcas Lee (1910–1912)|
|Awards||Silver Buffalo Award|
Newspaper and magazine publisher and founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
He began his employment as a schoolteacher and a coal miner at 16.
He personally funded the Boy Scouts of America monthly during its first years of operation.
He married Mary Jane Beacom on Janauary 1, 1884.
His organization attracted such notables as Norman Rockwell, who was known for working with the Boy Scouts of America.
- Diana Oughton – Boyce's great-granddaughter.
- World's Columbian Exposition - The World's Columbian Exposition was a world's fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492. The centerpiece of the Fair, the large water pool, represented the long voyage Columbus took to the New World.
- Scouting pioneers
- People associated with the Boy Scouts of America
- Journalists from Illinois
- American newspaper publishers (people)
- Businesspeople from Chicago
Latest information about William D. Boyce updated on June 14 2021.