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Our members, known as compatriots, honor our patriotic ancestors who gave us our independence, our country and our constitutional government.

We use their sacrifices as inspiration for our work in promoting history, good citizenship and worthwhile contributions to our society.

Our membership is open to any male adult of good character who is the lineal descendant of a Revolutionary War soldier or Patriot. (The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution offer similar membership to women and children.)

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) was organized in 1889 and chartered by Congress in 1906 as a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit military heritage society.

The movement to organize the Virginia Society was started in the city of Washington in 1890. At a conference held in the nation's capitol on February 10th, several Congressmen from Virginia constituted themselves as a committee to organize a Society in Virginia without delay.

On February 28th the committee reassembled at the Capitol, adopted a constitution and bylaws and elected the following outstanding Virginians as officers:

President: Honorable William Wirt Henry of Richmond (grandson of Patrick Henry)

Vice President General: William H. F. Lee, A member of Congress from Burke’s Station, Fairfax County, (son of Robert E. Lee)

Vice President: Colonel George Washington Ball of Alexandria (nearest living male relative of George Washington)

Secretary: Thomas Nelson Page of Hanover County, a man of letters

Treasurer: Joseph Poryall of Richmond

Registrar: J. William Jones of Richmond, a well-known historian

Lieutenant J. C. Cresap, USN, of Annapolis, Secretary-General of the National Society, and Professor G. Brown Goode, Ph.D., Registrar of the District of Columbia Society, formally organized the Virginia Society at Richmond on July 7, 1890. There were 62 charter members.

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