Charles Lathrop Pack

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Charles Lathrop Pack
Portrait of Charles Lathrop Pack.jpg
Portrait of Charles Lathrop Pack
Born (1857-05-07)May 7, 1857
Lexington, Michigan
Died June 14, 1937(1937-06-14) (aged 80)
New York, New York
Nationality USA
Education Brooks Military Academy, Cleveland, OH
Occupation Businessman, Philanthropist
Spouse(s) Alice Gertrude Hatch
Children George Lathrop Pack
Randolph Greene Pack
Arthur Newton Pack
Beulah Frances Pack
Parents George Willis Pack
Frances Farman

Charles Lathrop Pack (May 7, 1857 – June 14, 1937), a third-generation timberman, was "one of the five wealthiest men in America prior to World War I".[1] He owed his good start in life to the success of his father, George Willis Pack, and grandfather, George Pack, Jr. in the forestry sector. Growing up on Lake Huron in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Charles L. Pack lived in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1871 to the early years of the 20th century. With "savvy investments ... in southern timber ... banking and real estate",[1] Pack became a multi-millionaire.

Philatelist[edit]

Pack was a world famous philatelist, recognized for his award winning collections of postage stamps.[2]

Collecting interests[edit]

Pack was noted for his collections of postage stamps of New South Wales, New Zealand, Canada, Cape of Good Hope, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. He was especially noted for his plating of early stamps of Brazil and the plating of the Uruguay 1856 'Diligencia' issue.

Philatelic literature[edit]

Pack’s collection of postage stamps of Victoria led to his publication in 1923 of his famous book Victoria: the Half-length Portraits and the Twopence Queen Enthroned.

Honors and awards[edit]

Pack received worldwide recognition and numerous awards. He signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1921. He was the first American to receive the Crawford Medal in 1923 from the Royal Philatelic Society London. He was also the first American to receive the Lindenberg Medal in 1926 from the Berliner Philatelisten-Klub and the first person to receive the Award of Merit from the Collectors Club of New York. Pack is named in the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame for 1941.

Philanthropy[edit]

According to his biographer, Alexandra Eyle, Charles Lathrop Pack "spent $2.8 million on forestry conservation. This is a low figure, however..."[3]

Publications[edit]

End of life[edit]

Pack's remains were buried in 1937 "under a stand of white pine in the Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest in Warrensburg, New York... a site of his own choosing".[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Eyle, Alexandra. 1992. Charles Lathrop Pack: Timberman, Forest Conservationist, and Pioneer in Forest Education. Syracuse, NY: ESF College Foundation, Inc., and College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Distributed by Syracuse University Press. Available: Google books

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eyle, p. xv
  2. ^ American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame 1941
  3. ^ Eyle, p. 233
  4. ^ Eyle, p. 269

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