The Columns Museum - Gifford Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot, a native son of Milford, PA, is among the most important historical figures of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. He is well known among the rank and file of the Conservation and Environmental groups and was a friend and peer of John Muir.

Born in Connecticut in 1865, he was the son of wealthy and aristocratic James and Mary Pinchot. James Pinchot was a successful wall paper merchant and Mary was the daughter of Amos Eno, one of New York's most successful real estate developers.

The Pinchot's had created their fortune through the efforts of James Pinchot's father who made their fortune through land speculation and lumbering. The devastation that was wrought from these activities on the landscape had a profound effect on James Pinchot and was channeled to the young Gifford Pinchot. 

After graduation from Yale University, Gifford took up post-graduate studies in France at the French National School of Forestry, and returned one year later with the help of an endowment from his mother and father to create the Yale School of Forestry.  

This became the springboard for a future that shaped Conservation and Land Management through to this day.

The Columns Museum - Gifford Pinchot

Pinchot's life spanned an era of tremendous scientific and industrial progress and discovery, from the end of the Civil War in 1865 through the end of WWII - he died in 1946. From muskets and cannon to submarines and aircraft carriers, land management was similarly propelled from infancy to a serious scientific endeavor - and much of that progress can be traced back to the life-long passion of Gifford Pinchot.

He led an extraordinary productive life, as did many of his relatives - notably his niece, Mary Pinchot Meyer.