Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Tue, 5 Nov 1996 07:02:49 -0600
I have been doing research for some trivia questions I am putting together
and thought there might be enough interest to post this to the list.
President Kennedy was the first former Scout to be elected President. I
contacted the Presidential Libraries of the last 7 Presidents and the White
House asking about the Scouting background of the Presidents & First Ladies.
Here are the replies:
It's only coincidence I send thse out on Election day. I sent the questions
about a month ago and figure that I have all the responses I am going to get.
No response from the Kennedy or Johnson Libraries.
>From the Nixon Library:
>President Nixon was not a Boyscout. However we are not sure of whether
>Pat was a Girl Scout. We do know that she was a big supporter of Girl
>Scouts, in fact, her two daughters, Julie and Tricia, were both Girl
>From the Ford Library (President Ford was the first Eagle Scout elected
>Thank you for your inquiry asking whether Mrs. Ford was ever a Girl
>Scout. The answer to your question is no, she was not a Girl Scout.
>From the Carter Library:
>Plains, Georgia was so small and isolated in the 1920s
>and 1930s that there was no scouting program. Neither
>Mr. or Mrs. Carter were in the scouts. Mr. Carter was a
>school boy patrolman on a rural bus and a member of
>the Future Farmers of America.
>From the Reagan Library:
>Thank you for your recent request regarding wether President Reagan
>was a Boy Scout and whether Mrs. Reagan was a Girl Scout. Neither
>the President nor Mrs. Reagan were involved in scouting in their youth.
>As has been tradition since the Presidency of William Howard Taft, the
>President of the United States has been named as Honorary President of
>the Boy Scouts of America. President Reagan was presented with his
>honorary membership card on February 5, 1981.
>Every First Lady has been named Honorary President of the Girl Scouts,
>of First Lady of the Girl Scouts since Mrs. Woodrow Wilson.
No response from the Bush Library or the White House.
Theodore Roosevelt was a strong supporter of Scouting and was named "Chief
Scout Citizen", a title which I have not heard before; has anyone else been
Franklin Roosevelt was also a Scouting supporter. There was a program on
PBS several years ago; one of the pictures they showed was of FDR with a
group of Scouts at camp in the summer of 1921. If memory serves correctly
the program said that it was the last photo of FDR standing on his own and
the implication was that he may have picked up the polio virus at the Camp.
Oh, and I'm back from vacation.
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
311 N. Spring St. Outside of a dog, a book is
Beaver Dam, Wisc. 53916 man's best friend. Inside of
(414) 887-4631 (fax 887-4633) a dog it's too dark to read.
Scoutmaster, Troop 736
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