The Pinchots: A Family Saga

David S. Patterson

Non-Fiction

The Vanderbilts. The Rockefellers. The Carnegies. The Pinchots?  In America’s Gilded Age, successful families forged self-made and powerful aristocracies, but history slighted a wealthy, influential family dynasty: the Pinchots. Outstandingly different...

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The Vanderbilts. The Rockefellers. The Carnegies. The Pinchots? 

In America’s Gilded Age, successful families forged self-made and powerful aristocracies, but history slighted a wealthy, influential family dynasty: the Pinchots. Outstandingly different from these and other business titans, this family is long overdue for recognition. 

In a broad historical sweep, this book focuses on three generations of Pinchots. The Pinchot family members propounded a set of values in serving the public good that went beyond economic success, and they championed many political and social reforms. 

The star is Gifford Pinchot, America’s first professionally trained forester, a central figure of the early environmental movement, Theodore Roosevelt’s closest confidant, and twice-elected governor of Pennsylvania. Also brought to life in these pages are Gifford’s father James Pinchot with his Franco-American cultural initiatives; his supportive mother Mary; his brother Amos, a gifted writer and activist for civil liberties and peace; and his sister Nettie, a noted humanitarian during the Great War. The last part of the book gives special attention to the turbulent lives of Amos’s three beautiful daughters, Rosamond, Mary, and Tony. 

Also woven into the storyline are the relationships between several Pinchots and the Roosevelts and later the Kennedys. The Pinchots is an essential read for anyone interested in citizen activism and the nation’s extraordinary transformation, culturally and politically, from the Civil War era to modern America. 

by David S. Patterson
Page Count: est. 500 
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Publish Date: November 2022
Imprint: Sunbury Press
Genre: Biography

HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century / General
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (PA)

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