Famous Compatriots

Throughout its 120-year history, SAR has admitted more than 170,000 members. Among them are 16 Presidents of the United States, including Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Warren Harding, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

Twenty Medal of Honor recipients are also compatriots, including the late Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., considered a founding father of the American Legion. World War II U.S. military compatriots include General Douglas McArthur and William F. Halsey II. Sir Winston Churchill and King Juan Carlos I of Spain, both who trace their ancestry to Revolutionary War patriots.

Notable compatriots have made their mark in many professions. Stephen Crane, recognized as one of the most important American writers of his generation. He won high acclaim in 1895 with the publication of the novel, “The Red Badge of Courage.” Members of SAR have presided over Congress and many of our states, including Vice President J. Danworth Quayle, who presided over the U.S. Senate from 1989-1993 and Haley Barbour, governor of the State of Mississippi from 2004-2012. Notable compatriots in the U.S. Congress includes U.S. Senator John McCain, U.S. Senator Scott Brown, U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senator Roger Witcher, U.S. Representative John Fleming, U.S. Representative Todd Akin, U.S. Representative Howard Coble, and U.S. Representative Ted Poe. Member of SAR have not only walked the halls of Congress but have walked on the moon. Col. Charles M. Duke, USAF, walked the moon in 1972 on the Apollo 16 mission.


Happy Anniversary!

The SAR commemorates the 225th Anniversary, of our First President. 

Washington Pin The first inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the United States took place on April 30, 1789.

The inauguration marked the commencement of the first four-year term of George Washington as president. Sworn in by Chancellor of New York Robert Livingston during this first presidential inauguration, Washington became the first president of the United States following the ratification of the Constitution.

The first presidential term started on March 4, 1789. Following the ratification of the Constitution by the required nine states, that date had been set by the Congress of the Confederation for the beginning of the operations of the new government under the Constitution of the United States. On that date, the House of Representatives and the Senate assembled, but both convened without a quorum. The House of Representatives first achieved a quorum on April 1, when it elected its officers. The Senate first achieved a quorum and elected its officers on April 6. Also on April 6 the House and Senate met in joint session, and the electoral votes were counted. Washington and Adams were respectively declared elected president and vice president, and the results of the count were subsequently published in the journals of Congress.

On April 30, 1789, the inaugural ceremony took place on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, then the first US Capitol and the first site where the 1st United States Congress met.

Since nearly first light a crowd of people had begun to gather around Washington's home, and at noon they made their way to Federal Hall by way of Queen Street and Great Dock (both now Pearl Street) and Broad Street. Washington dressed in an American-made dark brown suit with white silk stockings and silver shoe buckles; he also wore a steel-hilted sword.

Upon his arrival at Federal Hall, Washington was formally introduced to the House and Senate in the then Senate chamber, after which already sworn-in Vice President John Adams announced it time for the inauguration. Washington moved to the second-floor balcony where he took the presidential oath of office, administered by Chancellor of New York Robert Livingston in view of throngs of people gathered on the streets. The Bible used in the ceremony was from St. John's Masonic Lodge No.1, and due to haste, it was opened at random to Genesis 49:13. Livingston shouted "Long live George Washington, President of the United States!" to the crowd, which was replied to with cheers and a 13 gun salute. The first inaugural address was subsequently delivered by Washington in the Senate chamber running 1419 words in length.

At this time there were no inaugural balls for the day of the ceremony, though a week later on May 7 a ball was held in New York to honor the first president.

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The SAR is a "lineage" society. This means that each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.