Tuesday, October 11, 2016


JFK+50:  Volume 6, No. 2085


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) A century and twenty-six years ago today, October 11, 1890, the first chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was organized at the home of Mary Smith Lockwood* here in the Nation's Capital.

The DAR was supported by First Lady Caroline Lavina Scott Harrison who also served as the first President-General of the organization.

DAR chapters support historic preservation and patriotic projects which include the installation of grave markers for veterans of the Revolutionary War.

Membership in the organization is restricted to those who can prove direct lineal descent to soldiers or supporters of the cause of American independence.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is headquartered in Constitution Hall* here in Washington, D.C.  The organization today has 180,000 members but since its founding has had 930,000 members.

*Mary Smith Lockwood (1831-1922) was a co-founder & the first historian of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She became an adviser to Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  A memorial to Lockwood & the other founders of the DAR, sculpted by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, is located at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

**Constitution Hall, located at 1776 D Street, NW, in Washington, D.C., was built in 1929 & designed by John Russell Pope.  The Hall is the site of the annual DAR Continental Congress which convenes each summer. Constitution Hall is also the home of the largest concert hall in the District of Columbia.


Daughters of the American Revolution,

Constitution Hall
1776 D Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Photo by Edna Barney from Virginia

Founders of the DAR
Constitution Hall
Washington, D.C.
Photo by AgnosticPreachersKid (2010)