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Margaret (Daisy Doots) Gordon Lawrence

1900 – 1982

Margaret Gordon Lawrence (Daisy Gordon or Daisy Doots as the family called her) was the first registered Girl Scout in the USA and the niece and namesake of Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Daisy Doots was born in Savannah, Georgia. She was a member of the first Girl Scout troop, which was called the Carnation patrol. She was captain of their basketball team the year they received the Balfour Trophy for having won the Girl Scout basketball championship for three years in succession.

After Daisy Doots’ years as a Girl Scout, she went on to become a troop leader and a member of the Savannah Girl Scout Council. In 1937, while living in Huntington, West Virginia, she helped to organize the local Girl Scout Council and was its first Commissioner. She held this office until the summer of 1939 when she moved to Charleston, West Virginia where she became the Secretary the local Girl Scout Council a position she held for 10 years. As the First Girl Scout, Mrs. Lawrence was celebrated throughout the country. She christened the SS Juliette Low Liberty Ship in 1944. In her later life she served as a tour guide at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace much to the delight of the many visiting Girl Scouts.