Amos Richards Eno Pinchot

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Amos Richards Eno Pinchot

Birthplace: Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death: Died in Milford, New Haven County, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of James Wallace Pinchot and Mary Jane Eno Pinchot
Husband of Gertrude Minturn Pinchot and Ruth Pinchot
Father of Rosamond Pinchot; Mary Pinchot Meyer; Antoinette Bradlee; <private> Pinchot and Gifford Pinchot
Brother of Gifford Pinchot, Governor, 1st Chief of the U.S. Forest Service and Antoinette E. Johnstone

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About Amos Richards Eno Pinchot

Amos Richards Eno Pinchot (December 6, 1873 – February 18, 1944) was an American reformist. He never held public office but managed to exert considerable influence in reformist circles and did much to keep progressive ideas alive in the 1920s.


He was born on December 6, 1873 to James Pinchot, a Manhattan merchant and supporter of the conservation movement. His siblings were the conservation leader Gifford Pinchot, and Antoinette E. Pinchot who married Alan Johnstone. Educated at Yale, where he was a member of the secret society Skull and Bones, Amos earned a law degree in New York in order to manage his family's estates. In 1905, he served a year's political apprenticeship as a lobbyist for President Theodore Roosevelt and returned to Washington again in 1909 to live and work with his brother Gifford during the Pinchot-Ballinger controversy, which pitted his brother (recently fired as the US Forest Service chief) against President William Howard Taft's Secretary of the Interior. Taft had fired Gifford for insubordination, which inflamed the insurgent wing of the Republican Party allied to Roosevelt.

Though a member of Roosevelt's inner circle during the Bull Moose campaign of 1912, Amos exasperated the former president with his moralistic criticism of the role of big business in the party, including his criticism of the party chairman, George Walbridge Perkins, who was a leading industrialist and sat on the board of U.S. Steel. Pinchot ultimately joined the Democratic Party, defended the rights of workers, and became acquainted with leftist intellectuals. In 1924, he supported Robert La Follette's presidential bid and wrote a history of the Progressive Party. His opposition to preparedness before World War I, insistence that wartime profits be heavily taxed, strong anticommunism in his last years, and involvement in the America First Committee alienated many political allies and made his last days difficult. He was a founding member in 1937 of the National Committee to Uphold Constitutional Government.

He died in 1944.

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Amos Richards Eno Pinchot's Timeline

December 6, 1873
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
October 26, 1904
Age 30
October 14, 1920
Age 46
January 15, 1924
Age 50
February 18, 1944
Age 70
Milford, New Haven County, CT, USA