Amory Houghton

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Houghton's former home (left) in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Amory Houghton (July 27, 1899 – February 1981) served as United States Ambassador to France from 1957 to 1961 and as national president of the Boy Scouts of America. He was chairman of the board of Corning Glass Works.

In 1959 he was elected as an honorary member of the New York Society of the Cincinnati.

Family[edit]

His father, Alanson B. Houghton, served as a United States Representative from New York, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Germany and U.S. ambassador to Great Britain. His son, Amory Houghton Jr., served as a United States Representative from New York. His second cousin was actress Katharine Hepburn.

Scouting[edit]

Houghton received the Silver Buffalo Award in 1945 and served as the National president of the Boy Scouts of America from 1946-51.[citation needed] He served on the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1949–55. He was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting, in 1955.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
C. Douglas Dillon
U.S. Ambassador to France
1957–1961
Succeeded by
James M. Gavin
Boy Scouts of America
Preceded by
Walter W. Head
National president
1946-1951
Succeeded by
John M. Schiff