A. Stamford White

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A. Stamford White
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The late A. Stamford White was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and twice served as its president, in 1910 and again in 1918.[1][2]

White was an early great supporter of Boy Scouts of America and is believed to be the founder of the Owasippe Scout Reservation in Twin Lake, Michigan, the oldest scout camp in the United States. White, who was the head of the Chicago Council of Boy Scouts, "met with the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce who agreed to donate 40 acres of land on Crystal Lake, with the agreement that the Scout group would purchase an additional 80 acres."[3] Owasippe was originally called the A. Stamford White – Owasippe Scout Camp.[4][5]

White was listed in the 17th edition of the Boy Scout handbook as a vice president of Boy Scouts of America and also in Boys Life in 1915.[6][7] He was listed as a founder of Boy Scouts in the 1916 incorporation by the U.S. House and Senate, which was signed by President Woodrow Wilson.[8]


Alfred Stamford White was born in Liverpool, England in 1851. He died in Chicago on October 24, 1918 upon returning from Washington, DC where he had conferred with Herbert Hoover, flood administrator for the U.S during World War I.[9] He was president of the Chicago Board of Trade at the time of his death, which was thought to be from influenza.[10] The exchange was closed at noon out of respect for their departed president.[11]

He started in the grain business in Liverpool. He moved to Chicago in 1881 and joined the Chicago Board of Trade in 1882.

White was member of the board of managers of the YMCA and a trustee for the Chicago Home for Boys. He was a member of the Chicago Press Club and a member of the Union League, Flossmoor and Prairie Clubs.

White was a director of Quaker Oats Co. and of the Chicago Savings Bank and Trust Co.

An employee of White's was Arthur Cutten, who went on to become a well known speculator. According to Cutten's story, published in the Saturday Evening Post, in 1896 White loaned Cutten the $800 to buy his membership on the Chicago Board of Trade.[12]



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  2. American Hay, Flour and Feed Journal, Volumes 16-17. Google Books.
  3. OWASIPPE FROM THE BEGINNING 1911. Owasippeadventure.com.
  4. History. Owasippe.com.
  5. The National Provisioner, Volume 59. Google Books.
  6. Boy Scouts of America: The Official Handbook for Boys. Google Books.
  7. Boys' Life Jun 1915. Google Books.
  8. Accept no substitutes: On June 15, 1916, Woodrow Wilson made the BSA official. Bryan on Scouting.
  9. Charter, Constitution, By-laws, Membership List, Annual Report. Google Books.
  10. Grain and Farm Service Centers, Volume 41. Google Books.
  11. The Northwestern Miller, Volume 116. Google Books.
  12. Story of a Speculator. Trading Pit History.com.