from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Beard, Charles Austin 1874-1948. American historian and educator who explored the economic aspects of history in works such as An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution (1913). His view that the document was based on its formulators' economic self-interests profoundly affected the study of American history.
  • Beard, Daniel Carter Known as "Dan.” 1850-1941. American writer and illustrator. In 1905 he founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, which in 1910 became the first Boy Scout organization in the United States.
  • Beard, James Andrew 1903-1985. American cookery expert widely considered to be one of the foremost authorities on American cuisine.
  • Beard, Mary Ritter 1876-1958. American historian and feminist. She shared her husband Charles's economic view of history and collaborated with him on The Rise of American Civilization (first volume 1927), in which they characterized the Civil War as the "second American Revolution,” perpetrated by Northern capitalists over Southern plantation owners for economic gain.

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  • proper n. A surname.


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Originally a nickname for someone with a beard.



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