Mather, Stephen Tyng, 1867-1930

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Stephen Tyng Mather, first director of the U.S. National Park Service, was born in San Francisco on July 4, 1867. Here he attended the Boys High School, and went on to the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 1887. His interest in journalism led to his first job as a cub reporter on the New York Sun in September of that year. He left this employment shortly after his marriage to Jane Thacker Floy in 1893 to become a member of the New York office of the Pacific Coast Borax Company. An astute businessman, Mather had the idea of publicizing household uses for borax, and in 1894 opened an office in Chicago. By 1898, he formed his own successful company, the Thockildsen-Mather Borax Company.

Mather left his lucrative business position in January 1915 to accept, at the invitation of his former classmate, Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane, the directorship of the newly formed National Park Service, where he remained until failing health and a stroke led to his resignation in 1929 and to his premature death on January 22, 1930.

From the guide to the Stephen Tyng Mather Papers, ca. 1883-1930, (The Bancroft Library)

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creatorOf Stephen Tyng Mather Papers, ca. 1883-1930 Bancroft Library
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referencedIn Phelps, Ralph L., 1880-1957. Mather memorial, [1930?]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Records of the California State Parks Council Bancroft Library
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creatorOf Mather, Stephen Tyng, 1867-1930. Photographs from the Stephen Tyng Mather papers [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
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associatedWith Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984. person
associatedWith Albright, Horace M. (Horace Marden), 1890-1987. person
associatedWith Badè, William Frederic, 1871-1936 person
associatedWith Baker, Alfred Thomas, 1873-1936, person
correspondedWith California State Parks Council. corporateBody
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Chesnut, V. K. (Victor King), 1867-1938. person
associatedWith Cramton, Louis C. (Louis Convers), b. 1875. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith DeSanto, Jerry. person
associatedWith Detroit News. corporateBody
associatedWith Elston, John Arthur, 1874-1921. person
associatedWith Fall, Albert B. (Albert Bacon), 1861-1944. person
associatedWith Farquhar, Francis Peloubet, 1887-1974. person
associatedWith Geological Survey of California. corporateBody
associatedWith Gleason, Herbert Wendell, 1855-1937. person
associatedWith Grosvenor, Gilbert Hovey, 1875-1966. person
associatedWith Gutleben, C. T. (Christian Theophil), 1883-1968. person
associatedWith Mather, Stephen T. (Stephen Tyng), 1867-1930. person
associatedWith Phelps, Ralph L., 1880-1957. person
associatedWith Save the Redwoods League. corporateBody
associatedWith Wallace, Tom, 1874-1961. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Utah
Southwest, New
John Muir Trail (Calif.)
Arizona
Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.)
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Hawaii
Pacific States
Sequoia National Park (Calif.)
West (U.S.)
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
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National parks and reserves--Photographs
Wilderness areas--Photographs
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Birth 1867-07-04

Death 1930-01-22

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