Happy Birthday, William Kent!
William Kent, you have been dead for 81 years, but I still want to wish you a happy birthday.
Thank you for co-writing the act that created the National Park Service in 1916. And thank you for donating the land that would become Muir Woods National Monument.
But what impresses me most about you, William Kent, is how humble you were when it came to naming the new national monument. From CNN’s “Muir Woods celebrates a century of conservation“:
It was Kent who wanted the woods named for naturalist [John] Muir. In an exchange of letters, Roosevelt advocated for putting Kent’s name on the new monument, but Kent replied that he had “five good husky boys,” and if they couldn’t keep the name of Kent alive, “I am willing it should be forgotten.”
You may have put your faith in your husky boys, but I wanted to make extra sure that I didn’t forget you or your birthday. I wrote this post on April 9, 2008– more than 11 months in advance. 🙂
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