As Yellowstone’s second superintendent, Philetus Norris set the future course of national parks on many fronts: protection, addressing visitors’ needs and interests, science-based management. Despite a lack of support from the Department of the Interior or Congress, he pleaded for legislation that would adequately protect the park. A quixotic and flamboyant character in buckskins who was easily mocked for his attempts at poetry and penchant for naming park features after himself, Philetus Norris has become one of Yellowstone’s most admired superintendents.